Disability, General, Retirement, Survivors, Taxes

Join the 19 Million People Who Have my Social Security Accounts

July 2, 2015 • By

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Last Updated: August 19, 2021

A woman uses a computerAt some point in his or her life, almost every American will need, or will at least be eligible for, Social Security benefits. Our website has quickly become our newest hub for many of our customers to conduct their business with us.

Already more than half of our customers who apply for retirement or disability benefits, or who submit a Medicare claim, do so online.

Here’s why:

Our suite of online services is convenient, secure, and easy to navigate. And, we continually refine and add services.

Head to our website to find out what benefits you can apply for by using our screening tool to help identify all the Social Security programs you might be eligible for.

For example, if you applied for Social Security benefits, you can check the status of your application online.

You can also file an appeal on a decision made on your disability claim or get a replacement Medicare Card.

Maybe you want to know if you can get Extra Help with your Medicare prescription drug costs.

What about using our Retirement Estimator for a retirement estimate based on real time access to your earnings record.

Create a free personal my Social Security account to see all the information tailored to you.

You can view your Social Security Statement and verify your earnings records, since missing or inaccurate information could affect the amount of your future benefit.

If you need information from us to complete business with someone else, we make some of that information available with my Social Security. Download a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season, or get a letter to verify that you are, or aren’t, receiving benefits.

If you receive monthly benefits, you can easily change the address and telephone number you want to use and start or change your direct deposit information.

If you are blind or visually impaired, choose alternate ways to receive information from Social Security – whatever works best for you.

Join millions who are using our online services. And, personalize your experience by creating a personal my Social Security account account today!

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Phil Gambino, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications

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  1. roger m.

    I have tried to open an account and it tells me my info. does not match. I am 73 and have received my benefits since age 66. What gives.

    • James L.

      Roger, we apologize for your inconvenience. Please call 1-800-772-1213. After you hear “Briefly tell me why you are calling,” please say “Help Desk” for help with a my Social Security account. Sometimes it might be best to visit your local Social Security office for further assistance. We hope this helps.

  2. chris

    I am 57 years old (female).with breast cancer. I have a 15 year old child. If I die could my daughter receive ss benefits or my husband who is 58.

  3. Thara T.

    I am a 67 years old US Citizen living outside USA and receiving SS benefits. I cannot sign up for “my Social Security” account and take advantage of the online system. I have to rely on slow and unreliable mailing systems of the early 20th century. The internet connects all people worldwide but “my Social Security” is limited to just people living in the US. I can understand in the case of non-US citizen but for the US citizen they should be allowed. The US Government have the embassies all over the world and I am sure they can be able to prove identity or existence of any citizen at any time if needed. Why can’t you let every citizen sign up no matter where they live?

  4. Delia B.

    I will be 64 years old this coming October can I file a benefit out from my husband and still continue working, as for now I only have 39 credits but I don’t know if how much I will be getting out from my own

    • James L.

      Good question, Delia. Yes, you may file for spousal benefits under your husband’s record as long as he is already receiving benefits. However, if you are between age 62 and your full retirement age, your spousal benefit will be permanently reduced by a percentage based on the number of months up to your full retirement age. Also, if you are under full retirement age and you continue to work while receiving benefits, your benefits may be affected by the retirement earnings test. For more information, please read our publication: “What Every Woman Should Know”.

  5. marilyn b.

    As a ssa disability recipient, I am in need of a statement ascertaining my disability and when the disability decision will be up for review. how do I acquire this info?

    • James L.

      Marilyn, you can view, print and save your benefit verification letter online by creating a my Social Security account. You can also review your earnings record, and the estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid. For other specific questions on your account and to find out your next disability review date, please contact your local office.

  6. Angel B.

    I start receiving disability this Sept and I have tried several times to sign up for my social security account but for some reason it keeps telling me that an account can not be processed under my SS number, can you help?

    • Lorenzo D.

      Hi Angel. We apologize for your inconvenience. If you’re having difficulty creating a my Social Security account, please call 1-800-772-1213. After you hear “Briefly tell me why you are calling,” please say “Help Desk” for help with creating a my Social Security account. Sometimes it might be best to visit your local Social Security office for further assistance.

  7. Kevin R.

    Please, I pray that I find sanity, hope, a reason to live or remember how being calm feels, simply to believe there is something positive in my future…
    Moreover to have a pleasant feeling as opposed to never ending apathetic manic depressive fear, terror, anxiety causing unmeasurable stress in my chest, on my heart- which I’ve always known will be my death. The confusion and frustration that is harbors in my brain, I can’t explain- I can’t go on hopeless without pride, ashamed of myself, in severe pain, terrified of “everything”. I have been respectfully attempting with sincere humility to obtain assistance from SSDI, SSI, – programs I have paid into my entire life, I need help so badly, I constantly am turned away, denied multiple,
    multiple times, I have never been in trouble with the law yet I was completely treated with extreme intimidation by an ALJ, blaitent misrepresentation and falsely advised by a law office, I still fill out packets providing all information requested, and still denied. I have nothing, I try, I can’t go on any longer- I’m shaking so very badly I can’t think or type.
    faded thought I believe I felt before, comprehend struggling am unable to find words that would merely give xpress he severity of overwhelming, uncontrollable, debilitating and progressive depression, suffer consistently throughout this so called ‘life’, that I through n”comment”

  8. James B.

    My father is a notch baby, born March 1921. When my mother died 13 years ago, he was told he could not receive her benefits because of this. At the time she was receiving considerably more per month than him. Has this ruling changed so he could try again or is he stuck receiving less than 250 a month?

  9. Dr. N.

    My wife and I left USA in 1981, lived in India till 1999 and now live in Singapore. We have been receiving Social Security payments since 1990s. I believe I served my employers fully and faithfully and am thankful I am receiving support in my and my wife’s old ages. We do not receive or seek any additional services or other support from the USA. If the payments are for my past services, why is 30% of my meagre income taxed in USA at 30%? Is there an appeal process against it? — Prof Krishna

    • Lorenzo D.

      Thanks for your question, Prof. Krishna. If you are not a U.S. citizen or a U.S. resident, we will withhold federal income taxes from your benefits. That tax amounts to 30 percent of 85 percent of your benefit amount. Unfortunately, there is no appeal process in this matter. For more information, please read our publication “Your Payments While You Are Outside The United States” or go to our International Programs web page.

  10. Tony S.

    Free DIRT (Disability Insurance Reallocation Tax) Act of 2016-2020 HA-7-7-15 http://www.title24uscode.org/ssa2016.doc

    To avoid burdening the U.S. Supreme Court with the responsibility for criminally convicting the SSA Actuary, Commissioner and Trustees (ACT) in 2016 for deprivation of relief benefits under 18USC§246 when they conspire to cut DI benefits to 80% because the DI Trust Fund will be completely depleted under “current law”, whereas: (a) the SSA Actuary has not gotten right FDR’s infamous “pain the OASDI tax rate calculus”, that takes a week to differentiate the first time, the Chief Actuary has responded to the President in regards to the OASDI reallocation question with a common wrong answer – 2.7% – October 1, 2015 is not too late for Congress to get the OASDI FICA tax rate right to avoid depletion of the DI Trust Fund in FY2016; (b) SSA administrators are peculiarly obsessed with continuing their $666 persecution on DI beneficiaries in violation of the 42 month limit (Revelation 13:10) when a beneficiary receiving $600-$699 a month should automatically receive an increase to $700 plus annual COLA thereafter; (c) Congress and other rich taxpayers should not be compelled to contribute their incomes above $118,500 (2015) to the attached, but separate roll-call vote, on the 130% increase in tax-base that would be derived from the OASDI Without Income Limit Law (WILL) and shared with the U.S. Treasury, until the SSA Actuary has calculated the baseline in dollar amounts for the optimal OASDI reallocation tax rate, projected to pay benefits until 2020, at no cost to taxpayers, free.

    To immediately amend the DI tax rate from 1.80% to 2.30%, from 0.90% to 1.15% for employees and from 0.90% to 1.15% for employers under Sec. 201(b)(1)(S) of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)II§401 and amend the OASI tax rate from 10.60% to 10.10%, from 5.30% to 5.05% for employees under 26USC(C)(21)(A)§3101 (a) and from 5.30% to 5.05% for employers under 26USC(C)(21)(A)§3111 (a) to avoid depletion of the Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund in 2016 without increasing the overall 12.4% OASDI or 15.3% OASDI and Hospital Insurance (HI) tax-rate under 26USC(A)(2)§1401 beginning October 1, 2015.

    To amend the DI tax rate again in 2018 to 2.20% from 2.30%, from 1.15% to 1.10% for employees and from 1.15% to 1.10% for employers under Sec. 201(b)(1)(S) of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)II§401 and amend the OASI tax rate from 10.10% to 10.20%, from 5.05% to 5.10% for employees under 26USC(C)(21)(A)§3101 (a) and from 5.05% to 5.10% for employers under 26USC(C)(21)(A)§3111 (a) without increasing the overall 12.4% OASDI or 15.3% OASDI and Hospital Insurance (HI) tax-rate under 26USC(A)(2)§1401 to maximize efficiency until a deficit appears in the OASI Trust Fund in 2020.

    Without Income Limit Law (WILL) Act

    To abolish the maximum taxable limit on DI contributions on January 1, 2016 and OASI contributions January 1, 2017 and repeal Adjustment of the contribution and benefit base Section 230 of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)§430.

    To require the Social Security Administration to pay for SSI Costs beginning January 1, 2017.

    To share profits in excess of social security program costs to the general fund of the U.S Treasury on a sliding scale beginning in 2017 DI 50/50 prioritizing the $22 billion + 2% annual growth cost of USPS, and OASI 10/90 to eliminate the federal budget deficit. In 2020 OASI would share at negotiated rates an estimated 25/75, in 2025 OASDI would share 50/50 and by 2030 75/25 and at 2035 OASDI would take all to pay for the peak in costs of Baby Boomer generation and might need to raise the overall OASDI tax rate.

    CC. Actuary

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