According to research by the Insured Retirement Institute published in 2012, 42 percent of Baby Boomers, Americans ages 50 to 66, expect Social Security to be a major source of income in retirement. With so many people counting on Social Security, being able to accurately predict your future retirement, disability and survivor benefits can provide a big help in planning for retirement.
In January 2013, the U.S. Social Security Administration launched My Social Security to provide Americans online access to their personal Social Security information. Once you create an account, you can use My Social Security to obtain a copy of your Social Security statement, check your earnings record and see estimates of the future retirement, disability, and survivor benefits you and your family may receive. If you already receive Social Security benefits, you can now sign into your account to view, save and print your benefit verification letter, check your benefit payment information, and even change your address and phone number in our records. You also can start or change your direct deposit information.
To create your My Social Security account, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.