Social Security Q&A: Avoid Retirement Lines by Filing Online
Question: Is it true 10,000 people a day are retiring? What’s the easiest way to avoid the crowds?
Answer: Yes. As the baby boomers reach their retirement years, Social Security is handling about 10,000 claims each day. You can avoid the crowds by filing online.
You can complete your retirement application in as little as 15 minutes. It’s safe, convenient and secure. You can apply from the comfort of your home at a time that is most convenient for you. There’s no need to drive to a local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative. There are no forms to sign and usually no documentation is required.
Social Security will process your application and contact you if any further information is needed. Just go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov.
Q: Why should I sign up for a “my Social Security” online account?
A: A “my Social Security” account gives you a personal online account you can securely use to check your Social Security information and do business with Social Security.
With a my Social Security account you can:
■ Keep track of your earnings and verify them every year.
■ Get an estimate of your future benefits if you are still working.
■ Get a letter with proof of your benefits if you currently receive them.
■ Manage your benefits.
■ Change your address or telephone number.
■ Start or change your direct deposit.
■ Get a replacement Medicare card.
■ Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season.
To find all of the services available and set up an account, go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For fast answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at 800-772-1213 or visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov.