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Originally published Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 7:02 PM

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Social Security Q&A

What happens when I return to work as I receive Social Security retirement benefits?

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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Q: I prefer reading by audio book. Does Social Security have audio publications?

A: Yes, we do. You can find them at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs">www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs. Some of the publications available include What You Can Do Online, How Social Security Can Help You When A Family Member Dies, Apply Online For Social Security Benefits, and Your Social Security Card And Number. You can listen now at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.

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Q: I am receiving Social Security retirement benefits and I recently went back to work. Do I have to pay Social Security (FICA) taxes on my income?

A: Yes. By law, your employer must withhold FICA taxes from your paycheck. Although you are retired, you do receive credit for those new earnings. Each year Social Security automatically credits the new earnings and, if your new earnings are higher than in any earlier year used to calculate your current benefit, your monthly benefit could increase. For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov or call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

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(ThiscolumnwaspreparedbytheSocialSecurityAdministration.ForfastanswerstospecificSocialSecurityquestions,contactSocialSecuritytoll-freeat800-772-1213.)

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