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3.7. Social Security Financial Planning Tool

Access and view your Social Security benefit and earnings information in a convenient and secure manner. Obtain an official benefit verification letter instantly.  The benefit verification letter serves as proof of income to secure loans, mortgages and other housing, and state or local benefits. Additionally, people use the letter to prove current Medicare health insurance coverage, retirement or disability status, and age.  People can print or save a customized letter.

In announcing this new tool, the Social Security Commission Astrue said: "Our new online Social Security Statement is simple, easy-to-use and provides people with estimates they can use to plan for their retirement.  The online Statement also provides estimates for disability and survivors benefits, making the Statement an important financial planning tool.  People should get in the habit of checking their online Statement each year, around their birthday, for example."

See My Social Security to set up a personal social security account.

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