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Social Security: How to Find Your Benefit Amount and Other Online Tips for Seniors

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Previously, your BSN and benefit amount were only available via a paper statement that was sent to your home. Now you can access your benefits online through a mySocialSecurity account on the SSA website.

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Your online Social Security statement shows all the income you have had each year and how much you could receive per month in Social Security benefits when you retire. The “Statement” contains important information for you to properly plan a comfortable retirement.

You can access your earnings, Social Security estimates, and printable statements. If you are retired and already receiving benefits, you can view your payment history, current status and manage your benefits through the online account.

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To set up your personal Social Security account, you need to go to the SSA website here. From there, select “Create Account” to get started. You must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, US mailing address, and email address to use this system.

Once you sign up, you can check your income history, view estimated benefits based on your past earnings, view Social Security and Medicare taxes you paid during your lifetime, print your current statement, and apply for a replacement Social Security card.

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If you’re already receiving benefits, you can view benefit information, change your address and phone number, initiate or change electronic payments, get a replacement Medicare card, a replacement tax season 1099 form, and a benefit verification letter—all online.

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Last updated: November 3, 2021

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