The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has added to its website a new feature called My Social Security, which allows you to set up your personal account and access your social security information online at any time.
The information available includes your annual Social Security Statement that previously has been mailed out each year, as well as estimates of your future retirement benefits, a statement of your lifetime earnings reported to SSA to date, and the total Social Security and Medicare taxes that you have paid over your lifetime, among other items.
My Social Security is found at www.ssa.gov/mystatement/ on the Social Security Administration website. To open an account, click on the My Social Security icon (pictured above), and answer a number of questions to verify your identity. You will then be prompted to create a user name and password.
Once you have set up an account, you can view your Social Security Statement and other available information at any time.
According to the SSA website, the information now available online via My Social Security includes:
- “Estimates of the retirement and disability benefits you may receive;
- Estimates of benefits your family may get when you receive Social Security or die;
- A list of your lifetime earnings according to Social Security’s records;
- The estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid;
- Information about qualifying and signing up for Medicare;
- Things to consider for those age 55 and older who are thinking of retiring;
- General information about Social Security for everyone;
- The opportunity to apply online for retirement and disability benefits; and
- A printable version of your Social Security Statement.”
The SSA website also provides a Sample Social Security Statement, to show you how the Statement is laid out and what information it includes.
See the FAQ Home of the Social Security Administration website for a quite comprehensive Help Menu, including help with My Social Security, as well as help in applying for or with other questions related to your Social Security Card, Social Security Retirement or Disability Benefits, SSI, Medicare, Checks and Payment Methods, Employer Wage Reporting, and other topics.
For more information about Social Security, see the official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration.
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