Most people don’t like to think about death. We plan for life, for that day when we retire, for the places we’ll go and the things that we’ll do then. Unfortunately, death is a part of life we must prepare for. The death of a worker is devastating for the entire family, not only emotionally, but also financially. Continue reading
Centuries later, there are new horizons to explore and you can do it from the comfort of your home or office. With Social Security, you can discover a new world of information and services at www.socialsecurity.gov. Continue reading
Have you ever received a Social Security Statement in the mail? You know, the one that shows all the earnings you’ve had each year and how much you could receive per month in Social Security benefits when you retire? The Statement contains crucial information workers need to plan for a comfortable retirement. Now, thanks to my Social Security, this information—and so much more— is only a few minutes away!
Your personal my Social Security account is secure and gives you ready access to your earnings records, Social Security benefit estimates, and printable Statements. Those who already receive benefits can view their payment history, current status, and manage their benefits.
To open a personal my Social Security account, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and select “Create an Account” to get started. You must be 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, U.S. mailing address (or a military address if deployed overseas), and an email address.
In some cases — like if there was reported credit card fraud under your name or Social Security number — you may have to contact your local Social Security office to open a my Social Security account.
Once registered, you can:
- Verify your earnings history;
- View estimated Social Security benefits based on your past earnings;
- View Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid over your lifetime,
- Print your current Social Security Statement; and
- Request a replacement Social Security card (in some states)
If you’re currently getting benefits, you can:
- View benefit payment information;
- Change your address and phone number;
- Start or change electronic payments;
- Get a replacement Medicare card;
- Get a replacement 1099 for tax season; and,
- Get a benefit verification letter.
When you sign up for a personal my Social Security account, we use a secure authentication process to protect the privacy of your identity and your Social Security Statement information. In addition to your unique username and password, you can also further protect your my Social Security account with a secure code texted to your phone every time you log in.
Just one more way Social Security strives to provide customers with peace of mind. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
In our public service announcements website, Social Security features a series of four videos with felines doing what they do best – showing us how to get things done the smart way. These four-legged experts talk about the benefits of retiring online and tell us how easy, convenient, and secure it is to retire using our online app. Who knows more about taking things easy than cats? Continue reading
Social Security’s annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is an increase in the benefit amount people receive each month. By law, the monthly Social Security and SSI federal benefit rate increases when there is a rise in the cost of living. The government measures changes in the cost of living through the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W).
At some point in his or her life, almost every American will need, or will at least be eligible for, Social Security benefits. Our website has quickly become our newest hub for many of our customers to conduct their business with us.
Already more than half of our customers who apply for retirement or disability benefits, or who submit a Medicare claim, do so online.