Q. I’m 70 years old and retired with 27 years in government law enforcement in 2002, but I’ve been informed I need two quarters for my Social Security benefits. I worked in private industry prior to government work. Is it possible to pay the remaining quarters to Social Security?
A. No, it isn’t possible. If you want to earn those two additional quarters, you have two choices: You can either find a job from which Social Security deductions are taken, or be self-employed and make a deposit for what you earned during that employment when you file your annual federal taxes. In 2016, you’d only have to earn $2,320 to get the two credits you need.