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New Year’s Resolution: Get a my Social Security Account

January 4, 2016 • By

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The holidays are over, and a new year is upon us. Now that you have no more holiday parties to attend or gifts to buy, you’re probably kicking off the New Year with your resolutions to improve your life.

With a healthy, new you in mind, you got a shiny new gym membership and revamped your grocery list to add more vegetables. You made resolutions to better manage your finances and to finally start planning for your long-term financial security, which you’ve been putting off because you didn’t know where to start. Now is the perfect time of year to do a financial planning checkup. And what’s more, we can tell you the best place to start.

We have a solution that is easy, convenient, and secure; sign up for a personal my Social Security  account. You can do so from the comfort of your own home, office, or any preferred location. It only takes a few minutes, and once you see all the benefits of having an account, you will be so glad you followed through with this resolution.

If you’re still working, you can use your my Social Security  account to access your Social Security Statement to keep track of your earnings and verify them every year. You can review the estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you paid.

You can also get a benefit verification letter stating that you never received benefits, received benefits in the past, or a letter stating that you applied for benefits, but your claim hasn’t been approved. If you’re currently receiving benefits, you can use your my Social Security account to get a letter stating your benefits, and to check your benefit and payment information. You can also change your address or telephone number, start or change your direct deposit, and get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S.  And now, in several states, many can get a replacement Social Security card!

Managing your information has never been easier.

Sign up for a my Social Security  account today and cross this resolution off your list. You’ll be so glad you started the New Year right by taking these easy steps to have a better financial future.

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  1. Guy J.

    I have an address in Plattsburgh,my check is deposited at NBT Bank.I keep this address so I can vote in the US.
    I reside at 8370 Gravel,Laval,QC. H7A 1N7. Tel 450-

    665-2161. I have both a US and Canadian Passports. I have not been able to open my Social Security Account. Guy J Lajoie

  2. Maggie F.

    It is not right that the IRS requires that seniors pay income taxes on Social Security benefits when earnings plus 1/2 SS benefits exceed $25000. We have already paid taxes on the earnings. When I retired this was not the law. This law changed when obama became president and needed money to fund obamacare. It is not right and should be repealed immediately.

  3. Jeanne N.

    I have tried to sign up for a my social security account, but the site won’t let me. It says I am not in the system. I file IRS tax returns with my husband each year. I have a checking account and a cellphone account, but no credit cards or loans.
    Why can’t I create an account?

    • Ray F.

      Hello Jeanne, if you are having difficulties creating your personal my Social Security account, please call 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. After you hear “Briefly tell me why you are calling,” 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.

  4. Mohamed B.

    It will be wonderful if I can have social security account not only locally but internationally. Why I can’t have an account when I reside abroad? I hope you take this in consideration. It will be of a great help to notify you about my whereabouts and avoid any paper work.
    Thank you for your superior services as always.

    • Ray F.

      Thank you Mohamed for your positive feedback. We value your opinion of us and look forward to many more years of serving you in the future. The “my Social Security” authentication system requires address verification as one of the essential criteria for issuing an account. At this time you must have a U. S. mailing address to create or to access your online account from outside the United States. People with APO/FPO/DPO addresses can create an account overseas, but our system does not support registration and account creation for users with a foreign address yet. When living abroad please contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to your Social Security benefits.

  5. William J.

    Am interested in establishing an account.

    • Ray F.

      Hi William, just click here to create your personal my Social Security account. Thanks!

  6. sema

    I am really happy to read the messages. I need one experienced counselor for my personal situation as a third dimension. Is there any one who can help me by providing information about the family counselor/marriage counselor. I will be grateful. May be I can try to be counselor because I did a degree in counseling and psychotherapy.

  7. sharon

    No comments now.

  8. William N.

    Last year my 70 yr. old wife had to pay in $265 dollars to cover the shortfall in coverage for her Medicare because her SS benefits are not enough to cover the annual cost. This year the cost will be $465. Why the $200 increased cost?

    • Ray F.

      Hi William! We are sorry to hear about your wife’s situation. Unfortunately and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot answer your question at this time. One of our representatives should be able to provide your wife with an explanation and answer her questions about this matter. She can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. or visit her local Social Security office for further assistance.

  9. james g.

    I would like to open an account

    • Ray F.

      All right James! Click here to create your personal my Social Security account. We thank you for using our online services.

  10. Alexandra

    What a great, useful service! A “my Social Security” account has important information for everyone, not just people receiving retirement or disability benefits.

    On my wishlist: I’d love to see the day Ticket to Work eligible beneficiaries could ask for a Benefits Planning Query through a “my Social Security” account.

    • Ray F.

      Thank you Alexandra for your positive comment and for using our online services. Your feedback is greatly appreciated! We value our customers’ suggestions to further improve the services we offer.
      In the meantime, you can check out our Benefit Planning Query Handbook for more information related to our work incentives programs.

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