To collect social security, you need to apply at your local SSA. The U/C application process and complaince has changed in recent months. You can do the process on the AWI homepage when you are laid off. Good luck.
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So long as you are otherwise eligible for unemployment, you would be able to collect both social security and unemployment.
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At such time as you are laid off, you should apply for unemployment benefits. If you do apply for retirement benefits, and you are still getting unemployment, you need to report the retirement to unemployment. The unemployment may or may not continue. In addition, if you do receive both retirement and/or unemployment, you may have to file taxes, depending on the total amount you receive, even though it is unearned income. Stopping work does not always mean taxes are not owed.
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Good answers all. Just to note: both unemployment and Social Security are subject to income tax, if you receive above a certain amount. Depending on total income, as much as 85% of Social Security may have to be included in gross income for Federal tax purposes. Some states tax Social Security income, but many do not. Check with your tax advisor.
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