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SSA RIN: 0960-AH07 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Amendments to Regulations Regarding Withdrawals of Applications and Voluntary Suspension of Benefits (3573F) 

We modified our regulations to establish a 12-month time limit for the withdrawal of an old-age benefits application. We will also permit only one withdrawal per lifetime. These changes limit the voluntary suspension of benefits only to those benefits disbursed in future months.

Agency: Social Security Administration(SSA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 20 CFR 404.313    20 CFR 404.640   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 402    42 U.S.C. 402(i)    42 U.S.C. 402(j)    42 U.S.C. 402(o)    42 U.S.C. 402(p)    42 U.S.C. 402(r)    42 U.S.C. 403(a)    42 U.S.C. 403(b)    42 U.S.C. 405(a)    42 U.S.C. 416    42 U.S.C. 416(i)(2)    42 U.S.C. 423    42 U.S.C. 423(b)    42 U.S.C. 425    42 U.S.C. 428(a) to 428(e)    42 U.S.C. 902(a)(5)   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

We are under a clear congressional mandate to protect the Trust Funds. It was crucial that we change our current policies that have the effect of allowing beneficiaries to withdraw applications or suspend benefits and use benefits from the Trust Funds as something akin to an interest-free loan.

Summary of the Legal Basis:



Based on our current evidence, there are no alternatives at this time.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

The administrative effect of this final rule is negligible.



Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  12/08/2010  75 FR 76256   
Interim Final Rule Effective  12/08/2010    
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  02/07/2011    
Final Action  04/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Liz Calvo
Social Insurance Specialist
Social Security Administration
Office of Income Security Programs, 6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone:410 965-4200

Brian Rudick
Social Insurance Specialist, Regulations Writer
Social Security Administration
Office of Regulations and Reports Clearance, 6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone:410 965-1483