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Take Control with Social Security Online

January 6, 2022 • By

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Last Updated: January 25, 2022

couple reviewing information on a tabletWe continue to add more services you can access through your secure my Social Security account.

Use your personal my Social Security account to check your Social Security record and complete your business conveniently and securely from home or on the go.

If you do not currently receive benefits, you can:

  • Request a replacement Social Security card.
  • Review your earnings history for accuracy.
  • See an estimate of your future Social Security benefits to help you plan when to start receiving benefits.
  • Compare benefit amounts depending on what age you start receiving benefits.
  • Check the status of your Social Security application.

If you already receive benefits, you can:

  • Get a benefit verification or proof of income letter.
  • Request a replacement Social Security or Medicare card.
  • Set up or change direct deposit.
  • Change your address.
  • Get a replacement Social Security 1099 form (SSA-1099).
  • Opt-out of certain mailed notices.

Your personal my Social Security account includes a secure Message Center where you can receive communications from us. For example, you can view your annual cost-of-living adjustments before you would normally receive them in the mail. You can also opt-out of receiving notices by mail that are available online.

We designed these online features to save you time. You can create your personal my Social Security account today.

We offer many other online resources on our Online Services page. Please let friends and family know they can access them from the comfort of their home or office – and on the go from their mobile phones.


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Dawn Bystry, Deputy Associate Commissioner, Office of Strategic and Digital Communications

Deputy Associate Commissioner, Office of Strategic and Digital Communications

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  1. Yvette

    I will receive Social Security May 2022, and I am curious if I can continue working while still receiving my Social Security benefits?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Yvette. Thanks for your question. If you are younger than full retirement age and earn more than the yearly earnings limit, we may reduce your benefit amount.If you are under full retirement age for the entire year, we deduct $1 from your benefit payments for every $2 you earn above the annual limit. For 2022, that limit is $19,560. 

      In the year you reach full retirement age, we deduct $1 in benefits for every $3 you earn above a different limit. In 2022, this limit on your earnings is $51,960. We only count your earnings up to the month before you reach your full retirement age, not your earnings for the entire year. Beginning with the month you reach full retirement age, your earnings no longer reduce your benefits, no matter how much you earn.

      Visit our Receiving Benefits While Working page for more information. We hope this helps. 

  2. SW

    I am receiving spousal benefits on spouse ssn. According to Social Security spokesman Darren Lutz, I can switch to my own by applying online. I have begun application online to switch to my own retirement. But do not know how to answer question…(1)Medicare Election: Apply for Medicare Only or apply for Medicare & ss. Only want to apply for SS? (2)When to start: have specified a future date, so do I answer yes to delay my own benefits? Like they are now (3) Previous applications: have previously applied for more than 1 benefit, but each on different SSN…..cannot specify different answer for each application separately, Why does the application only have contact info for me but not my gov benefits and applications to improve the application process? Do not tell me to call…..get different answer from each rep if I can wait

    • Ann C.

      Hi, SW. Thanks for visiting our blog. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. Please contact your local Social Security office for assistance. We hope this helps.

  3. George M.

    I need to change my start date for social security benefits to begin. It is set to start May 2022, however I need to change the start date to Nov 1, 2023. How do I do that. I cannot find online. I’ve called numerous times only getting busy signal or waiting 3 times and then get hung up on. Don’t know how to resolve this.

    • Ann C.

      Hi, George. Thanks for visiting our blog.  Please contact your local Social Security office for assistance. Keep in mind we are currently having problems with our phone lines. You may experience service issues, including poor call quality, dropped calls, and long wait times. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your patience. We hope this is resolved soon.

    • Angerlet O.

      Trying to see what’s going on with my SSI claim

      • Ann C.

        Hi, Angerlet. Thanks for visiting our blog. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

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  6. Cindy S.

    WHAT FORM DO I USE TO HAVE TAX TAKEN OUT FROM MY SS?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Cindy. 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. See our Benefits Planner: Withholding Income Tax From Your Social Security Benefits web page for more information. We hope this helps.

  7. Suzanne D.

    I created an online SSA account many years ago and unfortunately used my work email address and now I no longer remember my username or Password and it cannot be reset by conventional means because I retired and no longer have access to that email address. How do I re-establish my online account under these circumstances?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Suzanne. Thanks for visiting our blog. If you are still unable to access your account or encounter a problem with your personal my Social Security account, please call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “help desk.” We hope this helps.

    • Melinda M.

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  8. William M.

    When I sign-in to “my social security” and try to get a replacement “ssa 1099” the document does not show; how can I fix this?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, William. For additional information on how to request a replacement SSA-1099/1042S for Tax Year 2021, check out our Frequently Asked Questions. You also may be able to request a replacement SSA-1099 by using our automated telephone service at 1-800-772-1213. You can conduct the automated services 24 hours a day. At the prompt, indicate that you’re requesting a replacement SSA-1099. We hope this helps.

       

  9. Edith C.

    I need to receive the SSA-1099 form for 2021. I am living in New Zealand so it may take longer to get here but I do need the form to send with my 2021 tax report. If sent my e-mail I can just print it and send on to the Gov.

    Edith Hall
    38 Kakariki Grove
    Waikanae, New Zealand 5036

    echall@xtra.co.nz

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Edith. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. Since you are living outside of the U.S., please contact your local  Federal Benefits Unit for any assistance related to Social Security benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this helps.

  10. NANCY E.

    my husband and I have been notified by our tax preparer to discontinue our withholding. Please advise us how to do this. Nancy and Lawrence Stanbrough. stanman.605@outlook.com or 1-515-344-5559. Thank you

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Nancy. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. If for any reason you have not received your SSA-1099 in the mail, you can request a replacement SSA-1099/1042S for Tax Year 2021 by visiting your personal my Social Security account. For additional information on how to request a replacement SSA-1099/1042S for Tax Year 2021, check out our Frequently Asked Questions. You also may be able to request a replacement SSA-1099 by using our automated telephone service at 1-800-772-1213. You can conduct the automated services 24 hours a day. At the prompt, indicate that you’re requesting a replacement SSA-1099. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this helps.

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