Reminders to SS Benefit Recipient
It is important to immediately notify us in person whenever you change your name, address, direct deposit account, representative payee, or whether you are married or divorced, caring for a child who receives benefits, or if you adopt a child. You must also notify the Social Security Administration if you are residing overseas, whether or not you may be working.
Information you give to another government agency may be provided to the Social Security Administration by the other agency, but you also must report the changes to us.
Failure to report a change may result in an overpayment. If you are overpaid, we will recover any payments not due you. Also, if you fail to report changes timely or you make a false statement, you can be penalized by a deduction from payments, a fine, imprisonment or all three.
The Death Of A Beneficiary
When a beneficiary dies, his/her benefit is not payable for the month of death. For example, if a beneficiary died any time in July, the money received in July must be returned. The Social Security Administration must be notified of the death as soon as possible.
If You Are A Non-Citizen of Palau
If you are not a citizen or national of the Republic of Palau, you can receive benefits as long as you are living within the Republic of Palau. However, if you have relocated outside of Palau, you can only receive benefits up to six months. In order to continue to receive benefits, non-citizens of Palau must report to the Social Security Administration office every six months.
Citizens of the United States, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of the Marshalls are treated as Palauan citizens.
If You Receive A Check
Please do not sign your check until you are ready to cash it. Checks must be cashed within 12 months after the date on the check. If you receive a check that does not belong to you, please inform the Social Security Administration Office and return it as soon as possible.
If You Disagree With A Decision We Make
If you disagree with a decision we make, you have the right to request that your claim be reconsidered by the Board of Trustees. You must submit your request in writing to the Social Security Administration within 30 days after the date you were notified of our decision.
If you are still not satisfied, there are further steps you can take after reconsideration. You have the right to be represented by an attorney or other qualified person of your choice in any business with us. We do not require you to have an attorney or other representative, but we will be glad to work with one if you wish.
Protecting Your Privacy
Protecting your privacy is important to us. Unless authorized, we will not disclose any of your personal information, including your Social Security number, to anyone else.