It’s “My Social Security” Week!
April 4-13 has been designated as “my Social Security” week. The Social Security Administration encourages every American to visit the SSA website and open a “my Social Security” account. The Social Security Administration wants everyone to understand their future benefits and how they grow.
What does it do for you?
If you aren’t currently receiving benefits, you can:
- You can download your own copy of Your Social Security annual statement. While you gain instant access, you’re also contributing to the Green movement! You can instantly verify your earnings for the most recent work year, while also seeing an estimate of your future retirement, survivors’ or disability benefits.
- You can request a benefit verification letter, stating either that you are or are not collecting benefits, whether from disability, survivors’ or retirement.
If you are receiving benefits or are on Medicare, you can:
- Request a replacement Social Security card if you meet certain requirements;
- Download your benefit verification letter;
- Check your benefit and payment information and your earnings record;
- Change your address and phone number;
- Start or change direct deposit of your benefit payment;
- Get a replacement Medicare card; and
- Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season.
Why do you want this?
- It will allow you to obtain your personal information from the SSA without the challenge of waiting for postal mail, or the possibility that the mail will be lost.
- You can keep tabs on your earnings record, monitoring each year and correcting errors as soon as possible. Information on how to correct your record is also available at the SSA website.
- You can ask questions or request information from the SSA quickly and easily.
- As mentioned earlier, you can help go green, by eliminating the mailed Annual Statement.
What steps do you need to take?
- Gather your personal information; some things that only you would know will be requested.
- You’ll need a username and password, so create a username that identifies you, and create a strong password.
- If you feel more comfortable, open a notepad app on your computer, or use a simple pen and paper.
- Visit the “my Social Security” website: https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/
- View the videos on how to set up your account.
- Create your account.