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New Fact Sheets Added to Your Online Statement

April 1, 2021 • By

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New Fact Sheets Added to Your Online Statement

Your Social Security Statement, available on my Social Security, tells you how much you or your family can expect to receive in disability, survivor, and retirement benefits.

We’ve added new fact sheets to accompany the online Statement. These new fact sheets provide clarity and useful information, based on your age group and earnings situation. They can also help you better understand Social Security programs and benefits.

You can access your Statement and the new fact sheets using your personal my Social Security account.

The new Statement fact sheets cover the following topics:

  • Retirement readiness for workers in four different age groups.
  • Workers with non-covered earnings who may be subject to the Windfall Elimination Provision and Government Pension Offset.
  • Social Security basics for new workers.
  • How people become eligible for benefits (for workers not fully insured).
  • How additional work can increase your future benefits.
  • Medicare readiness for workers age 62 and up.

If you don’t have a my Social Security account, be sure to create one so you can access your Statement, fact sheets, and other useful information about Social Security. You can create your personal my Social Security account on our website.

To learn more, visit our Social Security Statement webpage. Please share these resources with your friends and family.

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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

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  1. Ben_Grings

    Good news, but not everyone can write a personal statement or fill out another important document correctly. Perhaps some older people have no one to help, there are special written services blue text where you can write any written work and online statement, this will be useful for many people.

  2. Jack H.


  3. Gary W.

    I am planning retirement in about 12 months. My question is:

    My birth date is 4-30-1956 and FRA is 66yrs and 4 months. Does this mean that I will reach that age in August of 2022? Can I apply for benefits starting in that month or must I wait until September?

    • Patty

      Hi Gary.  If you wait until your full retirement age, you will get your full benefit. If your full retirement age is 66 and 4 months and you turn 66 on April 30, you will attain your full retirement age in August, 2022. One exception to that is for individuals that are born on the 1st of the month. We figure their benefit (and their full retirement age) as if their birthday was in the previous month.

      Your full retirement age is determined by your year of birth. You can check out our Benefits by Year of Birth web page to understand why some people have different full retirement ages and what those ages are.

      Social Security benefits are paid the month after they are due.  So, if you want your benefits to begin with August, you will receive your first benefit payment in September. The exact payment date is determined by your date of birth. For future pay days, you may find the Schedule of Social Security Payments calendars useful.

      Our system is set up to take applications four months in advance. You can apply as early as April, 2022. When you’re ready to apply, you can apply online.  

      If you are unable or would rather not apply online, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

      • GARY W.

        Thank you. So I assume anytime in August is good in case I need to supply a specific date.

  4. Gaye B.

    My daughter passed away on Aug9, 2021, she was receiving SSDI, will the check that come on Aug 18, 2021 have to be sent back?

    • Patty

      We are very sorry to hear of your loss, Gaye. Social Security benefits are paid the month after they are due. Based on the date of death, your daughter was due the payment but since her death occurred before the payment date, her benefits may be returned. In some instances, the financial institution will automatically return payments upon notification of the beneficiary’s death. If that occurs, we may pay amounts due a deceased beneficiary to a family member or legal representative of the estate. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Typically, the funeral director notifies us of an individual’s passing by sending the deceased person’s death certificate to the local Social Security office. However, you may report the death of your daughter’s passing, by calling our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. We hope this information is helpful.

  5. Susan K.

    I am currently receiving SSDI benefits and have been permanently disabled for many years. 1)How long does SSDI last? 2)How will my benefits be affected when I turn 65 and start receiving Retirement benefits from my former employer?

    • Patty

      Hi Susan, thanks for your questions. 1) Social Security Disability Insurance benefits will continue as long as you continue to meet the definition of disability. We periodically review your case to determine if you continue to meet the eligibility rules to receive disability. 2) Generally a pension from an employer that you paid Social Security taxes, will not affect your disability benefits. For more information please call your local office or our national toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. We hope this helps.

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