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Old 12-23-2015, 06:42 AM
 
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While going through the mail yesterday sorting out the Christmas cards from the bills and other mail, I came across an envelope addressed to me from the Social Security Administration. I couldn't imagine what it was since I haven't performed any Social Security-covered work in over 40 years and I knew that Social Security stopped mailing out earnings records years ago. The first thought that popped into my head was some sort of identity theft where someone had used my name to file something with the SSA.


When I opened the envelope I saw that it was, in fact, my earnings record. I have no idea why I received one after all these years or if SSA has started to routinely mail them out again. My record showed some minimal earnings from the 1970s when I was in high school and in college, but then all zeros from then until the present. I learned that I have 7 whole credits to my name and need only earn 33 more to be eligible for a monthly annuity.

Hmmm...I wonder if WalMart is hiring.

Anybody else in a similar situation?

If you are (or even if your not), rather than post a reply here, I think you should create your own personal thread to blog about your life situation.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Merry Christmas, MMOB !
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Yeah..SS resumed sending out the paper statements if you haven't registered online.
They started that last year.

Social Security resumes mailing statements
The Social Security Administration announced Tuesday that it will resume mailing estimated benefit statements to most workers every five years, while encouraging all workers to create personalized Social Security accounts online that will allow them to access their benefit information at any time.
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Beginning this month, workers attaining ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 who are not receiving Social Security benefits and who have not registered for a My Social Security online account will receive a statement in the mail about three months before their birthday. After age 60, people will receive a statement every year.
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:49 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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My daughter received her SS earnings a few months ago. She has been working nearly 10 years. She needs another 25 to complete the 35. But it's good to know she is contributing to social security.
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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My daughter received her SS earnings a few months ago. She has been working nearly 10 years. She needs another 25 to complete the 35. But it's good to know she is contributing to social security.
She doesn't need to complete the 35 in order to receive a retirement benefit on or after age 62. Ten years (40 quarters) will suffice. Of course it's not a bad goal to complete the 35 as a means of maximizing that benefit. (Perhaps you already knew all that, but I wanted to clarify for the sake of others).

While ten years will earn a benefit, it will be slim pickings with the 25 years of zeros in the averaging! That was basically my situation, and I was glad not to rely on SS. Since age 62 I have filled a few years of the zeros with very small amounts of earnings (basically dabbling in part time work which I enjoyed for its own sake), to the point where my gross SS monthly benefit is now $166.
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:06 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I've been getting an estimated benefits statement and earnings history every year for years.
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:30 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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She doesn't need to complete the 35 in order to receive a retirement benefit on or after age 62. Ten years (40 quarters) will suffice. Of course it's not a bad goal to complete the 35 as a means of maximizing that benefit. (Perhaps you already knew all that, but I wanted to clarify for the sake of others).

While ten years will earn a benefit, it will be slim pickings with the 25 years of zeros in the averaging! That was basically my situation, and I was glad not to rely on SS. Since age 62 I have filled a few years of the zeros with very small amounts of earnings (basically dabbling in part time work which I enjoyed for its own sake), to the point where my gross SS monthly benefit is now $166.
It's good to know. It's basically part time work for her for some years. The last few years she did have very good earnings.
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Old 12-30-2015, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Cape Elizabeth
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Hubby and I are both retired feds (from SSA) and were under CSRS. I have 19 qc's and he has 37. Now, every year since he retired in 2010, he thinks about going to work somewhere for those 3 qc's but has never done it. If you enjoy retirement, and have the income to go along, going back to work is a big step.
For instance, we had to pick up our kids at the airport yesterday, during the first major snow storm and it was a real drag. Get out the snowblower, clean the cars, then one of the cars got stuck in the snow- in other words, stuff you have to do if you have to be at work, but, when retired, can do when you want and how you want.

I used to think I would apply for a job in an office that did work that appealed to me - but no, now the thought of creating a resume, establishing a linked in acct, looking online for jobs, writing cover letters, applying online, having skype interviews or getting dressed for interviews, if lucky enough to get an interview...I think I will leave that for other, younger folk.
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Old 01-01-2016, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Cape May County
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Yeah..SS resumed sending out the paper statements if you haven't registered online.
They started that last year.

Social Security resumes mailing statements
The Social Security Administration announced Tuesday that it will resume mailing estimated benefit statements to most workers every five years, while encouraging all workers to create personalized Social Security accounts online that will allow them to access their benefit information at any time.
..
Beginning this month, workers attaining ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 who are not receiving Social Security benefits and who have not registered for a My Social Security online account will receive a statement in the mail about three months before their birthday. After age 60, people will receive a statement every year.
Great post,the trouble is trying to open the personalized account.I have been trying most of Dec.With the SS Site rejecting me,over and over again.I call the phone number to with no help.So This month I will be going to the SS Office and create my wife and I account there.
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