Personal Social Security
Statements Now Available Online for Your Planning
Simple, easy to use tool for
planning your retirement with better knowledge of your Social Security account
May 1, 2012 – Your Social Security
account – or statement – is now available online to help in planning your retirement. The program is “simple” and “easy-to-use,” said
Commissioner Michael J. Astrue in making the announcement today.
He said the new online statement
provides eligible workers with secure and convenient access to their Social Security earnings and benefit information at
“The online statement also provides
estimates for disability and survivors benefits, making the statement an important financial planning tool,” according to Astrue.
“People should get in the habit of
checking their online statement each year, around their birthday, for example.”
In addition to helping with
financial planning, the online statement also provides
workers a convenient way to determine whether their earnings are accurately posted to their Social Security records. This feature is important
because Social Security benefits are based on average earnings over a person’s lifetime. If the earnings information is not accurate, the
person may not receive all the benefits to which he or she is entitled.
The online statement also provides the opportunity to save or print the
personalized statement for financial planning discussions
with family or a financial planner.
To get a personalized online statement, people age 18 and older must be able to provide
information about themselves that matches information already on file with Social Security. In addition, Social Security uses Experian, an
external authentication service provider, for additional verification.
People must provide their
identifying information and answer security questions in order to pass this verification. Social Security will not share a person’s Social
Security number with Experian, but the identity check is an important part of this new, robust verification process.
Once verified, people will create a
“My Social Security” account with a unique user name and password to access their online statement. In addition, the portal also includes links to
information about other online services, such as applications for retirement, disability and Medicare.
It is important to note, however,
Social Security anticipates some members of the public will not be able to be verified through this process. Some people may not correctly
answer the security questions based on information on file with Experian, and others may supply identifying information that does not match
their Social Security records.
In instances where this occurs,
people will have the option to request a paper Social Security statement be mailed to them. People who cannot verify online initially also may
visit their local Social Security office and present an identity document in order to create an account and gain access to the online version
of the statement.
In February 2012, Social Security
resumed mailing paper statements to workers age 60 and
older if they are not already receiving Social Security benefits. Later this year, the agency plans to mail paper statements to workers in the year they reach age 25.
More of What Social Security Says About Your Statement
Your Social Security statement online provides:
·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
How do I get my statement online?
To get your statement online, you must first
create a my Social Security
account with us. Once you have an account, you can view your Social Security statement at any time.
What should I do to create a my Social Security account?
To create an account, you must provide some
personal information about yourself and give us answers to some questions that only you are likely to know. Next you create a user name and
password that you will use to access your online account. This process protects you and keeps your personal Social Security information
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