Social Security Q&A: Why Should I Sign Up for a ‘My Social Security’ Online Account?
Question: Why should I sign up for a “my Social Security” online account?
Answer: The “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.