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Senior Times - April 2019 Page 9KNOWLEDGE IS POWER – FIND YOURS AT MY SOCIAL SECURITYBy: Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs SpecialistIt’s National Social Security Month. This year we’re highlighting some of the time-saving fea- tures of having a my Social Security account. Once you create an account, you’ll see that we already have your work history and secure information.Finally, if you need a benefit verification letter - often called a budget letter, a benefits letter, a proof of income letter or a proof of award letter - you can instantly access this letter online in your per- sonal my Social Security account.Replacing documents and checking status can be time consuming, but Social Security has made it as easy as possible. Share what you can do online with friends and family with a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity. gov.With your personal my Social Security account you can:• Estimate what you could receive once you startcollecting benefits.• Request a replacement Social Security card.• Set up or change direct deposit.• Get a proof of income letter.• Change your address.• Check the status of your Social SecurityJanuary. It shows the total amount of benefits you received from Social Security in the previous year so you know how much Social Security income to report to the IRS on your tax return. If you live in the United States and you need a copy of your SSA-1099 or 1042S, simply go online and getIf you do not already have an account, the first thing you need to do is create one at www.socialse- Please know that securing your identity and personal information is important to us. We protect your information by using strict identity verification and security features. The application process has built-in features to detect fraud and confirm your identity.application.• Get a Social Security 1099 form (SSA-1099).For over 80 years, Social Security has worked to meet the changing needs of the American public. For generations, Social Security has been evolving to meet your changing needs. Today, you can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, as well as take care of other business.Knowledge is power. Celebrate National Social Security Month by learning what you can do online anytime, anywhere at www.socialsecu- instant, printable replacement form with a my Social Security account at myaccount.Another important thing you can do is check the status of your Social Security benefit applicationor claim. This feature can be accessed anywhere you can log in to your my Social Security account. Knowing the status of your pending claim is important for a number of reasons, and now you can get the up-to-date status when you want it.There, you can do many things, but the most important thing is to view your Social Security Statement. Your Social Security Statement is an easy-to-read personal record of the earnings on which you have paid Social Security taxes and a summary of the estimated benefits you and your family could receive, including potential retire- ment, disability, and survivors benefits. Once you have an account, you can view your Statement at any time. You’ll want to verify that your recorded earnings are correct, because your future benefits are based on your recorded earnings.Replacing a lost or stolen Social Security num- ber (SSN) card has never been easier. You can request a replacement SSN card online in most states. There’s no need to sit in traffic or visit a local office or Card Center. As long as you’re only requesting a replacement card, and no other chang- es, you can use our free online service from any- where. All you need to do is log in to or create a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity. gov/myaccount.If you already receive Social Security benefits (retirement, survivors or disability) and you havea bank account, you can start or update your direct deposit information online by using the My Profile Tab in your personal my Social Security account. In most cases, you are required to receive federal benefits electronically, so when you choose direct deposit, we will electronically deposit your funds directly into a bank account.Share with friends and family what you can do online with a my Social Security account at www. can get a copy of your Social Security 1099 (SSA-1099) or Benefit Statement, which is a tax form Social Security mails each year inDo you receive Social Security benefits (retire- ment, survivors, or disability) or are you enrolled in Medicare and getting ready to move? If yes, you can easily change your address online in your per- sonal my Social Security account.Vonda VanTil is the Public Affairs Specialist for West Michigan. 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