During the last two years, when I’m going through paperwork with clients, they often ask, “Where’s my Social Security Statement? I used to get one every year.” The confusion arises because the Social Security Administration (SSA) used to send these statements every year, but then changed their policy to only send statements to individuals over 60 or those turning 25. See http://blog.usa.gov/post/23677243859/social-security-statements-now-available-online
If you’re older than 25, but younger than 60, that’s a long time not to know the information shown on your Social Security statement. Healthy planning for aging, at any age, requires you to keep tabs on your own finances. And this includes reviewing your Social Security statement annually to ensure the information, especially your earnings summary, is correct. If the information shown is incorrect, then you can solve that problem before you start receiving social security.
To solve the problem of the missing statement, the SSA allows you to create an online account at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement/ and view your statement online. Today, I signed up for an online account, created my user name and picked a password. I logged back into the SSA’s website and then viewed my online Social Security Statement in an easy to view and print PDF format. The SSA’s website is easy to navigate and delivered on its promises.
Now, whenever I want, I can track and confirm my annual Social Security earnings just by logging on to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement/.
All the best!