Easy Access to Earnings Statements

May 7, 2012

Social Security earnings statements provide valuable information to American workers, including the monthly retirement and disability benefits to which they are entitled.  Last year, the Social Security Administration stopped sending out yearly earnings statements to individuals, claiming a savings of over $70 million dollars. It was virtually impossible to obtain information about past earnings or future benefits without visiting a Social Security office claiming an urgent need for the information.

Last week, the Social Security Administration unveiled an online tool which allows individuals to create a password-protected account and download a .pdf copy of their earnings statements.  I went online last week and within fifteen minutes, I had an updated earnings statement, current to 2011, despite the fact that I only filed my tax return about thirty days ago.  I was impressed and encourage everyone to keep tabs on the earnings the Social Security Administration is crediting to your Social Security number.

To try this out yourself, visit ssa.gov and look at the list of links on the left hand side of the page.  Click on the link that says “Get Your Social Security Statement Online” which is currently highlighted with a bulleted “NEW” tab.

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