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This New Year, Learn About Social Security Online

January 12, 2023 • By

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Last Updated: January 12, 2023

woman reviewing items on a laptopSocial Security programs touch the lives of more than 70 million people. We work hard to ensure critical benefits and other services are accessible to you. Consider the start of the new year as an opportunity for you to engage with Social Security online. This begins with creating your free and secure personal my Social Security account.

Once you create an account, you can:

  • Apply for retirement, spouses, or disability benefits.
  • Apply for Medicare.
  • Check your application status.
  • Request a replacement Social Security number card.

If you do not receive Social Security benefits, you can use your personal my Social Security account to:

  • Get personalized retirement benefit estimates.
  • Get your Social Security Statement.
  • Get estimates for spouse’s benefits.
  • Get instant proof that you do not receive benefits.

If you receive benefits, you can use your personal my Social Security account to:

  • Change your address (Social Security benefits only).
  • Set up or change your direct deposit information (Social Security benefits only).
  • Instantly get proof of benefits.
  • Print your SSA-1099.

Your personal my Social Security account has a secure Message Center. You can choose to receive the annual cost-of-living adjustments and the income-related monthly adjustment amount online. Unless you opt-out of receiving notices by mail that are available online, you will receive both mailed and online notices.

Your personal my Social Security account offers easy access to features that save you time when you do business with us online. Check out our other resources available on our Online Services page.

Please share this information with your friends and loved ones who may need it.


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

Deputy Associate Commissioner, Office of Strategic and Digital Communications

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  1. Virginia B.

    WHY CAN’T WE DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUR 1099 FORMS ?

    PLEASE POST A LINK ON THE SS SITE !

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Virginia. Thanks for your question. The SSA-1099 is mailed by January 31 each year. If for any reason you do not receive your SSA-1099 in the mail by then, starting on February 1, 2023, you can request a replacement SSA-1099/1042S for Tax Year 2022 by visiting your personal my Social Security account. We hope this helps.

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      • Virginia B.

        I received mine a few weeks ago,but my husband hasn’t got his.

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      • Christine D.

        It is Feb 1, 2023. I just checked my SSA account online and the 1099 for 2021 is there but nothing for 2022. When can I print that out?

        Also have not yet received my 1099 in the mail.

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        • Bob O.

          I clicked on the field for the 2021 form and found the new one for 2022 was what was actually available. So, it appears it is there but the name of the field to click was not updated.

          My experience, yours may be different.

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  2. Carolene C.

    The mailing date for the SSA-1099 is well advertised, but I would like to know when the form will be available on the My Social Security web site (for download / printing).

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Carolene. Thanks for your question. The SSA-1099 is mailed by January 31 each year. If for any reason you do not receive your SSA-1099 in the mail by then, starting on February 1, 2023, you can request a replacement SSA-1099/1042S for Tax Year 2022 by visiting your personal my Social Security account. We hope this helps.

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  3. leyla a.

    i need to download my 2021 SSA statement, but the link to the tax forms are gone with this new release. can you please help out? this is urgent as i need to provide this asap to someone

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Leyla. Thanks for your question. It sounds like you are referring to the SSA-1099, a tax form Social Security mails each year in January to people who receive Social Security benefits. For years prior to the last year, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives for assistance. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

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  4. Maxine

    Clearly, the SSA should revise the information on their website regarding a “printable” SSA 1099. It is not available online and never has been. I did not receive mine this year, and now have to wait until February to request another one to be sent to me in the slow postal mail system that is unreliable at most! I wanted to have my taxes done by now. Please remove the information that states you can download and print the SSA 1099 form to stop us all from wondering what we are doing wrong on the site. No clarification why it is not available is very frustrating.

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    • Janet M.

      I totally agree, I just tried figuring last night out why it was not even listed in my account! Did not know until today that SSA does not even mail out the 1099s until January 31st!!!

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  5. Gary

    Since all of the records are electronic, there is no excuse for the SSA to not be able to electronically generate a 1099 with a week of the end of the year. Most employers can do it!

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  6. Joan P.

    Why aren’t the questions regarding the release of the 2022 SSA-1099 forms being answered here so I wouldn’t have to repeat the question. It is now 22 January 2023 & I am unable to even find a link to the form on mySSA site. Filing starts tomorrow. How about releasing the downloadable SSA-1099 for 2023 while we all wait for the mailed copy? Thank You

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    • Fred

      I agree. Its ridiculous we have to wait so long for these statements since payments are fixed and so are deductions.

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    • Claude B.

      You r absolutley correct Ssa 1099 for tax 2022 not available when log in to my account n no one is answering same question

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Joan. Thanks for visiting our blog. The SSA-1099 is mailed by January 31 each year. If for any reason you do not receive your SSA-1099 in the mail by then, starting on February 1, 2023, you can request a replacement SSA-1099/1042S for Tax Year 2022 by visiting your personal my Social Security account. We hope this information is helpful.

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      • E.P.

        Your answer conflicts with the last bullet point under “If you receive benefits, you can use your personal my Social Security account to:”
        – “Print your SSA-1099”

        We should be able to download or print this form, but your answer indicates that we can only “request a replacement”, which can take up to ten days to receive by snail mail.
        Please let us know our options. Using snail mail in 2023 is a very poor option.

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        • Deborah

          I’ve only been on social security since March of 2022 and I already know they are one of the most inefficient and raggedy govt agencies in existence. Heck, my local office is still not open since covid was over! You’ve got to call and make an appointment to be seen or transact everything online or by phone. They send you letters that no one you speak to at their phone numbers can adequately explain, not to mention the long hold times and numerous “transfers”, ultimately getting “cut off”. The website right now says to comeback later…smh. Nobody’s filing taxes with that form until Feb because you’re not getting it until then…slackers, smh Apparently they wait to mail them on the govt deadline-Jan 31. I prepare taxes and not a single one of my clients has received their 1099SSA yet.

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