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New Fact Sheets Added to Your Online Statement

April 1, 2021 • By

Last Updated: July 20, 2021

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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  1. Robert T.

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  2. Michael N.

    I am trying to determine my potential retirement benefit using the online Windfall Elimination Provision Calculator. I’ve done it twice three years apart and the amount rose $10.00/month even after the three years of substantial covered wages. Am I doing something wrong and/or where can I get an answer specific to my situation? Thank you

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    • Vonda

      Hi Michael, thanks for using our blog. For specific questions, please call your local Social Security office. 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.

      Reply
  3. John B.

    My online SS Retirement Application was submitted on 2/1/21, and I got an email on 2/2 confirming that it was received by the Durham, NC office. When I submitted it this was one of the paragraphs I got back online …
    You can check the status of your application online by signing in to or creating a my Social Security account.
    We will contact you with any updates or questions we may have about your information.
    What you need to do next:
    Submit the following document(s):
    * Proof of your marriage, if we determine that you qualify for benefits as a spouse. We will contact you if we need this document.
    I interpreted this as I don’t submit it, unless the SS rep calls or writes requesting it. Did I misinterpret this, and should I have mailed my Marriage Certificate? I know my spousal benefit is less than my FRA benefit so I applied for my own.
    Around 3/15 my advanced designee representative request was processed.
    My application status still says it is in step 2 processing. My requested start date is 5/1. When will I know if my benefits have been approved? Thanks so much!

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    • Vonda

      Hi John, thanks for using our blog. If documentation is needed, a representative will contact you. Your application status will continue to keep you updated on the application process. We hope this helps!

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      • John B.

        Thanks Vonda. I was concerned they might have called, but their number showed up as scam. If they needed anything from me would they call and leave a message or send me a letter?

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        • Vonda

          Hi John. It could be a telephone call or a letter. You are always welcome to call your local office to follow up as well. 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.

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  4. Danial T.

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  5. Linda L.

    Hi
    I will say this, for a deaf person, WHO DOES NOT DO PHONES NOR HAS A TTY, has a very difficult time trying to get someone to chat with, very difficult! This is such a shame because for those of us who can’t hear needs help too!
    I’ve been using the SS email address provided by SS and I continued to received a robotic response to CALL OR CALL USING TTY!!!! This was on going. I know my email request was never read…please, make getting ahold of SS easier for us who are hearing impaired.
    Thank you

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    • Vonda

      Hi Linda, thanks for using our blog. Social Security is committed to communicating effectively with the public, which includes providing meaningful access to all SSA activities, programs, facilities, and services to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. If you feel that you have a critical situation that requires an in-person visit, please call your local Social Security office. 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.

      Reply
  6. Judy

    Hi
    My name is Judy and I am looking to retire at 62 yrs. next year.

    I have an adopted daughter that is currently 16yrs of age
    and
    My husband is 76 yrs old and draws a Civil Service Retirement from the Government.

    My question is when I retired are they BOTH eligible for SS benefits on my retirement?

    Reply
    • Vonda

      Thank you for using our blog, Judy. When a parent gets Social Security retirement benefits or disability benefits, his or her child also may get benefits. Children also can get benefits when a parent dies. The child can be a biological child, adopted child or stepchild. A dependent grandchild also may qualify.

      To get benefits, the child must be unmarried and:
      • Younger than age 18;
      • A full-time student (no higher than grade 12) 18 to 19 years old; or
      • Have a disability that started before age 22 and is 18 years or older.

      See our factsheet on Benefits for Children for more information.

      If your husband receive a pension from a government job in which he did not pay Social Security taxes, some or all of his Social Security spouse’s, divorced spouse’s, widower’s, or surviving divorced widower’s benefit may be offset due to receipt of that pension. This offset is referred to as the Government Pension Offset, or GPO. For additional details, check out our Government Pension Offset factsheet.

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  7. Kathy G.

    How do I get a Activation code, to finish my application

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    • Vonda

      Hi Kathy, thanks for using our blog. If you’re creating a my Social Security account, the activation code delivery options are text message or mail.

      If you continue to have difficulties with your account, you may call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) 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.

      Reply
  8. Cindy

    My husband pass away in 2017 after being married 13 years & he was not receiving any kind of social security so can I get his social security when I turn 60 years of age?

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    • Vonda

      Hi Cindy, we are sorry for your loss. Widow(er)s benefit are payable as early as age 60 (for a reduced benefit) or a full widow(er)s benefit at full retirement age or older. Typically, a widow or widower at full (survivors) retirement age or older generally receives 100% of the deceased worker’s amount, a widow or widower under full retirement age receives about 71 to 99 percent of the worker’s benefit amount, and a widow or widower with a child younger than age 16 receives 75 percent of the worker’s benefit amount.

      For more information, visit our If You Are The Survivor web page.

      Reply
  9. Fernando R.

    i am having a very hard time trying to arrange a change in automatics SS check deposits from DirectExpress to my new account Chase bank. I live in Miami, Florida and I am the social security payee for my brother. I work and often i am on telephone hold for over 60 minutes and still cannot get the direct help i need.

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    • Vonda

      Hi Fernando, thanks for using our blog. If you are the representative payee for your brother, you can conduct business for him in your my Social Security account. The Representative Payee Portal is a central portal where you can conduct your own Social Security business or manage direct deposit, wage reporting, and annual reporting for those you are representative payee for.

      If that doesn’t work for you, check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to change direct deposit.

      Reply
  10. Karen D.

    If a spouse passes, does the survivor still get the social security for both? We are 75 and 72.

    Reply
    • Vonda

      Hi Karen, thanks for using our blog to ask your question. Typically, a widow or widower at full (survivors) retirement age or older generally receives 100% of the deceased worker’s amount.

      We are only going to pay the highest benefit amount from either record, meaning you don’t get both retirement and widow(er)s benefits but the higher of the two. For more information about how much your benefit would be, visit our If You Are The Survivor web page.

      Reply

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