The United States Embassy in Colombia publishes important information for people living in Colombia and beneficiaries of Social Security in the United States.
Social Security is a United States Government program that provides a source of income to retirees, as well as those who must retire due to lack of ability to continue working or due to disability. Social Security also provides financial assistance to legal dependents after a retiree’s death.
Social Security is primarily funded through payroll taxes called the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, FICA, as well as the Self-Employed Contributions Act, SECA.
“If you receive Social Security benefits, live in Colombia and the last two digits of your Social Security Number end in 50 to 99, the Social Security Administration (SSA) sends you a Foreign Compliance Questionnaire (FEQ) , which must be sent in full. in the middle of December,” said the embassy trill.
In the text addressed to the embassy, which presents the information in a more timely manner, it is clarified that the Foreign Compliance Questionnaire, FEQ, will be sent between June and July 2023. For people who did not answer the first question, it is clarified: “If you did not return the first question, the second question was sent to you on October 17, 2023.”
If this form is not completed and submitted correctly, the embassy explains that the benefits for the following year may be lost.
The embassy clarified that after a certain age, the form must be submitted, regardless of the social security number: “If you are 90 years old or older and your benefits are paid through a representative payer, You must also complete an FEQ, regardless of the last two digits of your Social Security number.”
For people who did not receive the questionnaire and must complete the procedure within the deadlines, they must remember that they must complete the information in two forms of the SSA, personal data, and send it to the SSA.
- If the form is not received, the person must complete the SSA-7162 form.
- The person must also complete Form SSA-7161.
- And you should consider including this data. Social Security Number; Name ADDRESS Signature and date