Checking Out The Benefits You Earned
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Make Sure You Get All The Benefits You Have Earned
If the name and Social Security number listed on your payroll records and your W–2 don’t match those on your Social Security card, your earnings may not be correctly posted to your Social Security record. That could mean you won’t get the Social Security benefits you have earned.
Here’s what you may be throwing away:
- cash benefits paid to if you become disabled and unable to work;
- cash benefits paid to your survivors when you die; and
- cash benefits paid to you and your spouse when you retire.
It’s easy to find out whether your earnings have been posted correctly. Call Social Security’s toll–free number, 1–800–772–1213, anytime, including weekends and holidays, to ask for a form SSA–7004 (Request for Earnings and Benefit Estimate Statement), or Click here.
Within four to six weeks after you complete and return the form to Social Security, you’ll get a statement of your earnings and estimates of benefits you and your family may be eligible for now and in the future.
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