Social Security now providing online benefit statements

May 9, 2012 | Alex Stone

Since the 1980s, Social Security statements have been mailed annually to all workers 25 and older. So if you’re a worker – and over the age of 25 – maybe you’ve been wondering where your Social Security benefit statement is.

Thanks to budget cuts, the Social Security Administration (SSA) stopped mailing out statements last year. But they aren’t gone for good. SSA has confirmed that workers 60 and older will continue to receive annual statements in the mail, and a one-time mailing will be sent to workers on their 25th birthday.

Everyone else – including all workers over the age of 18 – will be able to access their statement online.

These benefit statements are an important part of the Social Security program. They give young workers ownership over their contributions, and help older workers to plan for retirement. They also inform people they may be eligible for benefits if they have lost a working parent or spouse.

Click here to sign up for your online statement: http://ssa.gov/mystatement/

Here’s an example of how your Social Security benefit statement might look:

social security benefit statement

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