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Get Your New Standardized Benefit Verification Letter Online

December 3, 2020 • By

If you receive a Benefit Verification letter, sometimes called a “budget letter,” a “benefits letter,” a “proof of income letter,” or a “proof of award letter,” we have good news for you! A new standardized Benefit Verification letter is now available when you need proof of Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income, or Medicare.

In addition to name, date of birth, and the benefits received, the new Benefit Verification letter includes other identifiers to prevent misuse and fraud. This is an added benefit to you as proof of income for loans, housing assistance, mortgage, and other verification purposes.

The same standardized letter is also available if you need proof that you do not receive benefits, or proof that benefits are pending. If you are an individual representative payee, you can use the my Social Security Representative Payee portal to access the same standardized Benefit Verification letter online for your beneficiaries.

This new standardized Benefit Verification letter is another example of our commitment to improve our service to you.

No matter how you request your letter, whether calling our National 800 Number, your local office, the Interactive Voice Response system, or online with your personal my Social Security account, the Benefit Verification letter now contains a seamless look.

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Grace M. Kim, Deputy Commissioner, Operations

Grace M. Kim, Deputy Commissioner, Operations

Grace M. Kim, Deputy Commissioner, Operations


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  1. C

    I got the standardized benefit letter on my ssa online account and it is incorrect.
    It states that an application for benefits has been filed but it is being processed and cannot be told whether it will be approved or not.
    I have called the 800 # 3 times about this and they tell me that there is no application filed against either my ss # or my late husband’s ss # (for widow’s benefits).

    They cannot tell me why I am seeing this information on this letter.

    For years I have checked and got an online letter saying I am not receiving benefits and have never received them and no claims are pending. The last one was in July, 2020.

    Now this new letter shows me wrong information.

    How can I get this corrected?

  2. C

    How long does it take for a comment to appear?

  3. C

    How long does it take for self employment income to be sent to ssa to update earnings record?

    • Vonda

      Hi Cindy, thank you for using our blog to ask your question. Each year we review the records for all Social Security recipients who work. If your latest year of earnings turns out to be one of your highest years, we refigure your benefit and pay you any increase due. This is an automatic process, and benefits are paid in December of the following year. For example, in December 2021, you should get an increase for your 2020 earnings if those earnings raised your benefit. The increase would be retroactive to January 2021.

      Check out our Receiving Benefits While Working web page for more details.

      • C

        But how long does it actually take for the irs to report self employment earnings for the current year to ssa?


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