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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. Mark C.

    Given that the data is fixed by 31 December, why cant social security provide 1099’s on the first of January?

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Mark. 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.

      Reply
  2. Patrick

    Hi,
    I am a US Citizen working in Ontario, Canada for a Canadian Employer since late 2019. I previously worked in the US for 30+ years. My earnings record does not reflect my earnings in Canada, as expected. I have a vague notion that there is an agreement between the US and Canada where my earnings in Canada will ultimately be included in my FRA benefit calculation. How do I get my earning record corrected to reflect my Canadian earnings?
    thank you

    Reply
    • Ann C.

      Hi, Patrick. Thanks for visiting our blog. 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. We hope this helps.

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  3. Liz T.

    When will 2022 SSA 1099 be available on line or mailed?

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Liz. 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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      • Claude B.

        Will SSA 1099 B AVAILABLE ON LINE OR JUST B MAILED
        ANY ANSWER PLEASE

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        • Ann C.

          Hi, Claude. 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 information is helpful. 

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  4. Richard B.

    I need help because in 2013 I got rated as 100%service connected disability and it is permanent.I had filed a claim for disability with social security before that happened and was told I could get social security and VA benefits both so I waited till I was 64 in 2021 to file for retirement benefits and I found out that wasn’t true what do I do now.

    Reply
    • Tony

      If you are 64, then you need 40 work credits to be eligible for Social Security retirement.

      Too many people are working under the table for cash and pay the consequences later.

      You need to go back to work paying Federal, Medicare, and FICA taxes until you reach 40 work credits if you want to collect Social Security retirement.

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Richard. Thanks for visiting our blog. Unfortunately, your question is a bit more complex than we can handle in this forum. 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.

      Reply
  5. stephen a.

    Yes, I would, appreciate a password, online
    sooner, than by postal mail. SSA mail
    takes 5 to 10 days.

    Reply
  6. Gg

    Trying to view my account but I keep getting “Do you want to download “bec-manage-ui” is this something I need to download or is this site been compromised.

    Reply
    • Ann C.

      Hi, Gg. We are sorry to hear you have had difficulty accessing your account. 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.

      Reply
  7. joseph

    can an employer give an employee a w-2 with a different employer address that appears on the form 941? In other words the employer’s address on w-3 and form 941 is the employers residence address and is not the business address. The employer wants the employees copies of the w-2 to be the business address.

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Joseph. Thanks for visiting our blog. For tax questions, you will need to contact the IRS. Their toll-free number is 1-800-829-1040 or you can visit their website. We hope this information is helpful.

      Reply
  8. Emma F.

    I thanks ssad for great only problem I have is with EBTonly get$23 dollar money that really feed me

    Reply
  9. Richard L.

    As far as I know my social security checks are just fine, thanks

    Reply
  10. Dawne H.

    Can not open account to get statement; keeps asking me to download a bec-manage-ui. No document is downloaded. Can not receive my account info.

    Reply
    • Edna

      I am having the same problem

      Reply

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