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Received income from Social Security/RRR, previous calendar year

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For all persons, GOTSS indicates if, during the month prior to the interview (1990-1996) or during the last calendar year (1997 forward), the person received income from Social Security or Railroad Retirement. In 1993, this question was only asked of persons who were interviewed in quarters 3 and 4.


From 1990 to 1996, GOTSS is part of the Family Resources supplement that provides information on individuals' health benefits, amount of coverage and income received from employment, welfare benefits, public assistance, and savings. Starting in 1997, this variable is part of the core person questionnaires.

Questions in the Family Resources supplement are different from those in the core survey in terms of the content and the treatment of missing data. Missing data in the Family Resources supplement were imputed by NHIS. Users can refer to the imputation flag variable GOTSSFLAG to identify persons with imputed data.

See GOTWAGE for additional related variables.


Due to the change in reference period, users should exercise strong caution when making comparisons between 1990-1996 and 1997 forward.


  • 1990-1992; 1994-2016 2017 2018: All persons.
  • 1993: All persons in quarters 3 and 4.


  • 1990-2018