Social Security Adds More Digital

From the New York Times:

Social Security recipients can now get their benefits verification letter and conduct other business online, as part of enhanced Web services introduced Monday by the federal government.

The letters, which state the amount of the recipient’s monthly benefit, are used to verify income when, for instance, someone is applying for a loan or for special programs, like those offering reduced rent based on income. The letters are now available online for those who are retired and receiving Social Security, as well as those who receive Supplemental Security Income, which pays benefits to those who are disabled.

Recipients can also change their address and manage electronic delivery of their monthly benefits payment on line.

The availability of the letters and the other options represent the first “significant expansion” of the agency’s online service, known as mySocialSecurity, since it debuted in the spring, said Michael Astrue, commissioner of Social Security.

The service initially made online access available to annual Social Security statements, for those who are still working. The statements list the annual income used to calculate benefits, as well as estimates of future benefits based on one’s age at retirement.

Full story at http://bucks.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/social-security-benefits-verification-letters-now-online/

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