If you have been wondering when your most recent Social Security statement is going to arrive in the mail, you can stop: it’s probably not going to come.
As part of cost-cutting measures enacted last year, the Social Security Administration no longer sends paper statements to people under the age of 60. (If you are over age 60 and aren’t yet receiving Social Security benefits, you should still receive a paper statement.)
Instead, people can now obtain the equivalent of their benefit projection statements (including your earnings record) online, at www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement.
According to the website, your online statement 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.
You will need to establish a mySocial Security account with some identifying information, but once you do you will be able to sign into your account whenever you want.