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Social Security Resolutions for 2009

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By The Staff

The New Year is a time for many people to make resolutions for the year ahead.

In past years, Social Security has suggested resolutions such as to plan ahead for your retirement, check your Social Security Statement, and safeguard your Social Security card and number. This year, we’d like to turn the tables and pledge to you our own resolutions as an agency. In 2009 Social Security resolves to …

Make it easy to plan your retirement online: Our online Retirement Estimator is rated the best online service in government. You just answer a few identifying questions and the estimator will use your earnings record to automatically give you an accurate estimate of your future retirement benefits. You can change variables (such as when you’d like to retire and how much you expect to earn in the future) to see different retirement amounts. This should be the first step and a regular check point for planning a comfortable retirement. Just go to www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator

Make it easier to apply for retirement benefits online: This year, improvements to our online retirement application make it easier than ever before to apply for retirement benefits. Because the improved application is streamlined and only shows questions applicable to you, it can take as little as 15 minutes to complete the entire application from start to finish. And in many cases, once you click the “sign now” button, all you have to do is wait for the payments to begin arriving every month. To apply for retirement online go to www.socialsecurity.gov/r&m2.htm.

Make it easier to keep up with the latest news about Social Security: Keeping up with news events, changes, and important information about Social Security is now easier than ever. We have two great ways for you to receive Social Security news automatically. You can receive an email alert when new information is added to our website by subscribing to updates. Go to www.socialsecurity.gov and click on the red envelope at the top of our homepage. You can choose to subscribe to all news releases or subscribe to a specific topic on the web page, the choice is yours. You can also subscribe to our award-winning electronic newsletter, Social Security eNews. Subscribe by going to www.socialsecurity.gov/enews and selecting the “subscribe” link on the right of the page.

Make it easier for you to do business with Social Security: Social Security provides you with a variety of ways to do business. Social Security now offers many of its most popular services online at www.socialsecurity.gov. You can also call us toll free at 1-800-772-1213 and use our automated services or talk to a representative. And, you can always stop by your local Social Security office.

In 2009, and for many years to come, the Social Security Administration resolves to help you learn more about Social Security and what it can do for you. Remember, our web address is www.socialsecurity.gov.

Donna Maitland is the Social Security District Manager in Gainesville.