Acting Social Security Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi today introduced a new look and feel for the Social Security Statement, which is available online through the my Social Security portal at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and by mail. The statement is one of the most effective tools people can use to learn about their earnings and future Social Security benefits. This fresh look enables millions of people to quickly and securely see information about their earnings and estimates of future benefits.
“One of my top priorities is to inform people in plain and clear terms about Social Security programs and services,” Acting Commissioner Kijakazi said. “The streamlined Social Security Statement provides clear messages and makes it easier to find information at a glance, simplifying our complex programs for the public.”
The agency has done extensive research, review and testing to make the updated statement easy to understand. The new statement is shorter, uses images and clear language, and includes fact sheets tailored to a person’s age and earnings history. It also includes important information that people have come to expect from the Statement, such as how much an employee and family members can expect from Social Security benefits and a personal income history, in a clear, concise manner. Examples of the new Statement and fact sheets are available at: www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/statement.html.
Over 61 million people have already created my Social Security accounts. US citizens aged 18 or older can easily view their renewed Social Security Statement online by creating a my Social Security account. People aged 60 or older who do not receive benefits and do not have a My Social Security account will receive their Statement by post three months before their birthday. Employees should check their Statement for accuracy at least once a year.
People can check information and do most social security matters through their personal my social security account. If they are already receiving Social Security benefits, they can initiate or change direct deposit online, request a replacement SSA-1099, and if they need proof of their benefits, they can print or download a current benefits verification letter from their account.
In addition to getting their personal Social Security statement, people who are not yet on benefits can use their account to apply for a replacement Social Security card online if they meet certain requirements. The portal also includes a retirement calculator and links to information about other online services, such as applying for pensions, disability, and Medicare benefits.
Many social security services are also easily accessible by calling 1 800 772 1213 toll free. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can call the Social Security TTY number, 1 800 325 0778.