Social Security has a new online pension application and a new celebrity spokesman to help spread the word.
You can apply for pension benefits from your home or office at www.socialsecurity.gov. There is no need to drive to your local social security office or wait for an appointment with a social security representative. You can complete the new online pension application in as little as 15 minutes. It’s so easy!
In most cases, once you have clicked the “Sign Now” button and submitted the application electronically, that’s all. There are no forms to sign and usually no additional documents are required. Social Security will contact you directly if more information is needed.
Award-winning actress Patty Duke has volunteered to let people know they can retire online. Ms. Duke has brought back the much-loved identical cousins Patty and Cathy Lane from the 1960s hit comedy “The Patty Duke Show” to a series of public service announcements telling Americans it’s easier than ever to apply online.
If you are unsure when to retire, you can check online the fact sheet “When to start receiving retirement benefits.” And if you are not ready to retire, you can plan retirement using Social Security’s online retirement assessment. It is a great financial planning tool that will give you an instant and personal estimate of how much your retirement benefits would be if you stopped working at the age of 62, 66, 70 or any time in between.
To learn more about retiring online and seeing the new public service announcements, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/pattyduke.
(Kenneth Park is Olean’s Social Security District Manager.)