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Old 05-02-2012, 11:43 AM   #1
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Social Security Statements Now Available

It's now possible to get an online version of the social security statement we used to get in the mail every year.

https://www.socialsecurity.gov/

They've added a section where you can see the total social security and medicare payments you and your employer made. Since a good half of my working life was at the much lower contribution rates, it looks like I'm getting a good return on my SS money unless the government decides I'm too "lucky" and cuts my benefits.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:03 PM   #2
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Nice link. Thanks for the heads up. I tried, couldn't set up an account. Something about my name being incorrect. Oh well, I'm sure it will get worked out.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:06 PM   #3
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Awesome.

I'm surprised it took that long for them to set this up. Should save millions in postage and printing (if they adopt a no paper statement kind of thing like the banks, enticing people to opt out of receiving the hard copy to be able to access it anytime.)
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:07 PM   #4
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My DW got one of the "Your Social Security Statement" things in the mail last week. She had not done anything to request it. I thought they quit mailing them out 2 years ago. She does turn 60 this summer and that may have something to do with why it came.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:12 PM   #5
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It's a well-done website IMO. When you create an account they ask you some questions to confirm your identity. The questions seem to be based on the info in your credit reports. Some of the questions are tough. They asked me what year I opened a particular credit card account. Who remembers that?
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:17 PM   #6
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My DW got one of the "Your Social Security Statement" things in the mail last week. She had not done anything to request it. I thought they quit mailing them out 2 years ago. She does turn 60 this summer and that may have something to do with why it came.
Actually, they started to send them out again due to the response that the then current calculator did not show contributions.

DW received hers two months ago, and she turns 64 this month (don't tell her I told you ).
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:20 PM   #7
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Just signed up... only took about 5 minutes. Great system and well written website/interface. Awesome to be able to look back at earning history.
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It's a well-done website IMO. When you create an account they ask you some questions to confirm your identity. The questions seem to be based on the info in your credit reports. Some of the questions are tough. They asked me what year I opened a particular credit card account. Who remembers that?
luckily my questions were easy... two of them were "none of the above," which was obvious because I'd never even heard of the lenders.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:28 PM   #9
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"Something about my name being incorrect. Oh well, I'm sure it will get worked out."

I had to use random characters, otherwise it thinks you are spelling a "name"
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Now I'm thinking it was an address issue. SSA must have a previous address. I need to establish an account with my old address, then update it. Try again tomorrow...
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:18 PM   #11
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I got one of the mailed reports last week. I didn't request it.

I noticed this one had an extra page on when to take SS, maybe my age (I'm over 60) triggered it.
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Very cool! Thanks for the heads-up!
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:50 PM   #13
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Why would the SSA know who I took house and car loans with
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:56 PM   #14
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Why would the SSA know who I took house and car loans with
Are you asking why the SSA would have access to the credit report that any lender has? I guess that is a fair question........
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Signing up for an online statement will not work if you reside overseas (requires a USA address), I guess I should be expecting a statement in the mail soon.

I have accessed other features of my account (online) in the past, so all in all it is a great site.

Next time I am in the USA, I might try to go into the office and sign up, hopefully that will work.
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Didn't work for me- I don't have a middle initial but the system seems to require one...
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:40 PM   #17
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Worked perfect for me and my wife. I thought the site was well done. I am a records freak so I like having a yearly statement in PDF form every year.
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Didn't work for me- I don't have a middle initial but the system seems to require one...
I have an ex-coworker who didn't have a middle initial, which completely exploded the megacorp benefits and email systems. He refused to let them make one up for him too. Not sure how they finally worked it out, but it was fun to listen in on his phone calls with them.
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Thanks for mentioning this. Been wanting to confirm my earnings were reflected correctly as they weren't on my last paper one.

Looks like I've managed to retain 33% of my qualified ss income. Probably a useless statistic, but given the age, seems appropriate.
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My DW got one of the "Your Social Security Statement" things in the mail last week. She had not done anything to request it. I thought they quit mailing them out 2 years ago. She does turn 60 this summer and that may have something to do with why it came.
Ditto here. DW is not looking forward to this 60 thing.
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