National Social Security Month, Online Services

See What You Can Do Online During National Social Security Month

April 4, 2019 • By

" "In April, we celebrate National Social Security Month by letting you know what you can do online with a my Social Security account. Last month we featured how you can replace a lost or stolen Social Security card, get a copy of your 1099 (SSA-1099), and check the status of your Social Security benefit application or claim. This month we share three more advantages.

If you already receive Social Security benefits, you can set up or change direct deposit information online with a my Social Security account. In most cases, you are required to receive federal benefits electronically, so when you choose direct deposit, we will electronically deposit your funds directly into a bank account. If you do not have a bank account, you can choose Direct Express® and your funds will be electronically deposited into a prepaid debit card account. Direct Express® has no enrollment fee or minimum balance requirement to open or use the account. We strive to provide online services that best suit when, where, and how you do business with us. You can set up direct deposit, or you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Visit our website to learn more about all of our online services.

Do you receive Social Security benefits (retirement, survivors, or disability) or are you enrolled in Medicare and getting ready to move?  You can change your address information online when you create a my Social Security account.

If you already receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you can create a  my Social Security  account and have instant access to your award letter or, as we call it, benefit verification letter.

Please know that securing your identity and personal information is important to us. We protect your information by using strict identity verification and security features. The application process has built-in features to detect fraud and confirm your identity.

Share with friends and family what you can do online with a my Social Security account.

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  1. Angela K Bruce

    Can I get my SSI rewards letter.. mailed to me.

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    • Luis A., Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Angela. Good news! If you need a benefit verification letter (rewards letter), you can view, print, and save your benefit verification letter using your personal my Social Security account. We hope this helps.

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  2. Deborah P Bogatay

    I am having taxes taken out f my disibility medicare check. I was just informed that i didn;t need to have taxes taken out. What do I need to do to have this to stop

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    • Ann C., Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi, Deborah. In order to have taxes withheld or to change the amount of your withholding from your Social Security benefit, you must start by printing, completing and submitting an IRS Voluntary Withholding Request Form (Form W-4V). On this form, you can choose to have 7, 10, 12, or 22 percent of your monthly benefit withheld. The Form W-4V (to withhold federal taxes from your Social Security benefits) can be returned to your local Social Security office by mail or in person. See our Benefits Planner: Withholding Income Tax From Your Social Security Benefits web page for more information. We hope this helps.

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  3. Judith Hampston

    Every month my son has to pay back SSI benefits he received in error for a time period. I usually call the Chicago office of SS. and make the payment for him since he can’t wait on line while he is working. I have been trying for a week to get in touch with them but the phone keeps telling me to call back. Can I make a payment on line for this repayment plan.

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  4. Stan Olsen

    I need to complete a W4V form. Can I do that on line?

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    • Ann C., Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi, Stan. Thanks for your question. In order to have taxes withheld from your Social Security benefit, you must start by printing, completing and submitting an IRS Voluntary Withholding Request Form (Form W-4V). On this form, you can choose to have 7, 10, 12, or 22 percent of your monthly benefit withheld. The Form W-4V (to withhold federal taxes from your Social Security benefits) can be returned to your local Social Security office by mail or in person. See our Benefits Planner: Withholding Income Tax From Your Social Security Benefits web page for more information. We hope this helps.

      Reply
  5. Janet Lasky

    I cannot find form W4V Voluntarily withholding request. Please help me. I want to change the amount of money that is taken out of my social security payments each month.

    Thank you

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    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Janet, thanks for using our blog. To change your withholding, download Form W-4V or call the IRS toll-free at 1-800-829-3676 and ask for Form W-4V. Complete, sign and return the form to your local Social Security office by mail. Use our Social Security Office Locator to obtain your local office mailing address. We hope this helps!

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  6. elberta Burnham

    need W-4V, Voluntary withholding request form mailed to me. Elberta Burnham
    810 Hidden Creek Circle
    Salisbury, NC 28147

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  7. James M. Looney

    I need two w4v forms.. I can’t find it on this site. Can they be mailed to me? I do not have a printer.

    James M. Looney
    1104 N Hayes
    Searcy, AR
    72143

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  8. Kaye Vinson

    I am helping my elderly mother to submit a new Form W-4V, but she is unable to sign the form. I do have her POA but didn’t know if it was legal for me to sign the form for her. Please advise.

    Reply

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