Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Lifestyles

December 28, 2012

Social Security Report: Time to give yourself a gift now

It’s very likely that during the holiday season you’ve been spending a bit of time and money getting gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Why not take a moment and give yourself a holiday gift? We have a suggestion, and while it won’t cost you a penny, it could be one of the best (and easiest) financial steps you ever take for your future.

Give yourself the gift of your own Social Security Statement. You can get yours online at www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement.

The online Social Security Statement is simple, easy to use, and provides estimates you can use to plan for your retirement. It also provides estimates for disability and survivors benefits, making the Statement an important financial planning tool.

Your Statement also allows you to determine whether your earnings are accurately posted to your Social Security records. This feature is important because Social Security benefits are based on average earnings over your lifetime.

To get a personalized online Statement, you must be age 18 or older and must be able to provide information about yourself that matches information already on file with Social Security. In addition, Social Security uses Experian, an external authentication service provider, for further verification. You must provide identifying information and answer security questions in order to pass this verification. Social Security will not share your Social Security number with Experian, but the identity check is an important part of this new, thorough verification process.

When your identity is verified, you can create a “My Social Security” account with a unique user name and password to access your online Statement. In addition, your online Statement includes links to information about other online Social Security services, such as applications for retirement, disability, and Medicare.

This holiday season, it’s likely you’ll be hearing some of your friends and family saying “you shouldn’t have” as they receive their gifts from you. That’s something to look forward to. But be sure that you don’t find yourself saying “I should have” when it comes to planning your own financial future. Get your online Social Security Statement and look it over. Do it again next year. It may be the best gift you can give to yourself in the long run.

Your free gift is waiting at www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement .

     —————

Julie Hahn is District Manager of the Corsicana Social Security office.

 

1
Text Only
Lifestyles
  • Reunions for 7-26-14

    G. W. Carver High School Alumni Reunion

    The Ex-Students Reunion of G.W. Carver High School, Dawson will be held July 25-27 at Dawson Elementary School.

    July 25, 2014

  • Dresden UMC to hold first Lord’s Acre

    Dresden United Methodist Church will hold its first Lord’s Acre Vendor Craft Fair and Flea Market on Oct. 4, 2014.

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-19-14 Anniv-BurnsNow.jpg Burns 50th Anniversary

    Chuck Charles Burns Sr. and Pamela Johnston Burns celebrated 50 years of marriage on June 27, 2014.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Reunions: CHS Class of 1959, G.W. Carver High School

    The Corsicana High School Class of 1959 will have its 55th reunion on the weekend of Oct. 3 through 5, 2014.

    The ex-students of G. W. Carver will celebrate its 30th annual reunion July 25 to 27 at Dawson High School.

    July 18, 2014

  • Around the U.S. — Man using 'blowtorch' to kill spider started fire

    SEATTLE — A man who used a can of spray paint and a lighter as a makeshift blowtorch to kill a spider in his laundry room started a blaze that caused $60,000 worth of damage, Seattle fire officials said Wednesday.

    July 16, 2014

  • Familiar Faces - Five Generations Familiar Faces

    Local students graduate from University of North Texas

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • samantha stroube daviss.jpg Mom to be remembered

    As females we are always concerned with how we look, how our outfit fits us, do our shoes and handbag coordinate?...silly minor “girly” things. But as girls we reserve that right to worry about all that stuff.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • samantha stroube daviss.jpg Cutting the cord

    Being a parent is one of the most demanding jobs — both physically and emotionally.

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • Christmas in July: TV week of holiday programming

    NEW YORK — The Hallmark TV channels are beginning a week's worth of holiday programming on the Fourth of July — but think ornaments and egg nog instead of fireworks and hot dogs.

    July 2, 2014

  • Familiar Faces

    Ronald W. Deskin, MD receives 2014 Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni award

    June 27, 2014