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May 16, 2012

You Will Want to Check This Out!

Filed under: Benefits,Compensation,Retirement — Tags: 2:40 pm

Every now and then you run across something that is just so good you have to share it.  That is the case of what happened to me yesterday as I was reading through my email inbox of HR newsletters.  Surprising to me, this useful tool happens to be from the Social Security Administration.  Usually we don’t expect to find “helpful” items from the government, but it seems the trend has been turning in that direction.

You may recall those paper statements you receive in the mail annually estimating your retirement benefits.  Those mailings were suspended last year and are currently only being sent to workers 60 and older who aren’t already receiving benefits.  So the only way you have going forward (until you turn 60) to receive this information is to use this tool I stumbled across.

Effective May 1, you may access your retirement benefit information on Social Security’s website, www.socialsecurity.gov.  This website allows you to view an online version of your earnings, along with estimates for retirement, disability and survivors benefits.

The process of logging in is actually pretty simple.  You will be asked a few questions for security reasons, which of course is essential.  And after you set up your user name and password, you are good to go.  There are even some additional calculations you can request for various retirement scenarios.

Hopefully when you log in you will see some numbers that bring a smile to your face.  If not, check out the popular baby names that also appears on the home page.  Another fun link I found along the way!

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