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Social Security Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin has announced the agency will resume the periodic mailing of Social Security statements — once every five years for most workers — while encouraging everyone to create a secure my Social Security account to immediately access their statement online, anytime.
The statement provides workers 18 and older with information regarding earnings, tax contributions and estimates for future retirement, disability and survivors benefits.
“We have listened to our customers, advocates and Congress; and renewing the mailing of the statement reinforces our commitment to provide the public with an easy, efficient way to obtain an estimate of their future Social Security benefits,” Colvin said. “I encourage everyone to create their own secure my Social Security account to obtain immediate access to their statement online, anytime.”
Beginning this month, workers attaining ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 who are not receiving Social Security benefits and who are not registered for a My Social Security account will receive the statement in the mail about 3 months before their birthday. After age 60, people will receive a statement every year. The agency expects to send nearly 48 million statements each year.
In addition to providing future benefit estimates, the statement highlights a person’s complete earnings history, allowing workers to verify the accuracy of their earnings. This is important because an individual’s future benefit amount is determined by the amount of their earnings over their lifetime. To date, more than 14 million people have established a personalized my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
With a my Social Security account, people may access the statement from the comfort of their home, office or library whenever they choose. Individuals who receive benefits should sign up for a my Social Security account to manage their benefit payments and, when the need arises, get an instant benefit verification letter, change their address and phone number, and start or change direct deposit of their benefit payment.
“Whether conducting business with Social Security via the Internet, mail, telephone or face-to-face, we will continue to provide convenient, cost-effective, secure and quality customer service to meet the needs of the public we serve,” Colvin said.