Social Security provides you with a source of income when you retire or if you can't work due to a disability. It can also support your legal dependents (spouse, children, or parents) with benefits in the event of your death
How Do Benefits Work and How Can I Qualify?
While you work, you pay Social Security taxes. This tax money goes into a trust fund that pays benefits to:
- Those who are currently retired
- To people with disabilities
- To the surviving spouses and children of workers who have died
Each year you work, you'll get credits to help you become eligible for benefits when it's time for you to retire. Find all the benefits Social Security Administration (SSA) offers.