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Why You Should Create a My Social Security Account

May 17, 2019

From the U.S. News & World Report website

A Social Security account allows you to view your contributions to the Social Security program. You can also get a personalized estimate of your future Social Security payments in retirement. Periodically reviewing your Social Security record allows you to make sure your earnings are recorded correctly and to factor the likely payout into your retirement plans.

Here’s what you can do with a my Social Security account:

– Check your earnings record.

– See how much you have paid into Social Security.

– Get an estimate of your future Social Security payments.

– Find out how much you will qualify for if you become disabled.

– Determine what family members will receive if you die.

– Keep your account up to date by changing your address or direct deposit information.

– Request documentation, such as a replacement Social Security or Medicare card or benefit verification letter.

You can open a my Social Security account at ssa.gov/myaccount. Workers age 18 and older are eligible to create a my Social Security account. Be prepared to provide some personal information to verify your identity. When you open the account for the first time you will be prompted to answer a series of multiple-choice questions that might include inquiries about financial products you own and previous addresses. You can also add extra security to your account by electing to use a one-time code received via text message or email each time you log in.

Here’s why you should set up a my Social Security account

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