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Personalized online statements now made available by SSA

It is not surprising that computers play an essential role in monitoring individual data by The Social Security Administration and other federal agencies. Now the SSA is giving millions of American adults with Social Security numbers to access a personalized statement about their reported income and anticipated benefits. This is a convenient way for those who collect benefits or who are seeking to collect benefits to access their statements online.

The commissioner of the Social Security Administration states the new statement is easy to use and can provide additional useful information for financial planning. The online statement has been well-received by the public and the administration is encouraging participants in Los Angeles County and nationwide to check their online statement every year.

Registration to E-Verify has posed some problems for those whose records do not match those of the agency. Some have had difficulties answering security questions or in supplying the correct identifying information that the SSA has on file. In these cases, paper statements can still be mailed. Historically, the records do contain errors, but can be corrected with any necessary adjudication or by providing updated information.

Those collecting or seeking to collect Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income can access the records to assess their eligibility, as well as their status. According to the agency, there is also additional information available online regarding long-term planning. If you are looking to apply for SSD or SSI, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney who can help you review those statements, prepare necessary documentation and file paperwork.

Source: Federal Computer Week, "SSA introduces personalized online statements," Alice Lipowicz, May 8, 2012.

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