If you’re crazy about juggling, there’s a holiday just for you: Juggling Day, on June 17. The International Juggling Association created this holiday in 1947, earmarking a day for everyone from juggling junkies to inexperienced novices to try their hand at juggling.
These days, with busy schedules and constant multi-tasking, it seems the most common kind of juggling for people is managing the multiple chores and obligations of everyday life. That’s why Social Security created a suite of online services that makes doing business with us a snap.
The best way to juggle a multitude of Social Security tasks online is by creating a personal My Social Security account. It’s easy to register for your personalized online account, and, once you do, you can complete a number of tasks. Check it out at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
Your account gives you immediate access to your personal Social Security information. During your working years, you can use my Social Security to view your Social Security Statement to check your earnings record and see estimates of the future retirement, disability and survivor benefits you and your family may receive. Are you already receiving benefits? You can use your online account to immediately get your proof of benefits letter, change your address or phone number on our records, start or change your direct deposit, and check your benefit and payment information.
In addition to using my Social Security, there are a number of other things you can do online with Social Security. For example, you can use the Retirement Estimator to plug in different numbers, retirement dates and scenarios to help you decide the best time for you to retire. It’s available at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator.
And when that time comes, you can apply for retirement benefits online at www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/about.htm. It can take as little as 15 minutes from start to finish. In most cases, once you submit your electronic application, that’s it, you’re done—no papers to sign or documents to submit.
From getting the skinny on how to get a replacement Social Security card to an online application for disability benefits, the place to go for juggling all of the services and information offered by Social Security is our website: www.socialsecurity.gov.
Regardless of how many Social Security tasks you may have, leave the juggling to the jugglers and take care of business the easy way at www.socialsecurity.gov.
Elizabeth Gildea is Social Security manager in Ames.