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Charo Boyd column: Social Security site can answer a variety of needs and questions | Columns

Every July, we proudly celebrate our nation’s independence. For nearly 90 years, social security programs have helped provide financial independence for millions of hard-working people.

We have helpful online tools like the Social Security Statement and our Benefit Estimator Tool that help people who are not yet receiving benefits. The breakdown indicates the benefits to which you and your family may be entitled, with personalized sheets adapted to your age and salary situation.

The Benefit Estimator allows you to get estimates based on different ages at which you might want to start receiving benefits. These tools can help you plan for the financial independence you deserve in retirement.

Not receiving benefits? You can get the most out of your online experience if you have a personal my Social Security account. You can:

• Get your statement instantly.

• Apply for a replacement Social Security card (in almost every state and the District of Columbia).

• Find out if you qualify for benefits.

• Appeal a decision we have made regarding your complaint.

Already receiving benefits? You can use your my Social Security account to:

• Apply for a replacement Social Security card (in almost every state and the District of Columbia).

• Get an instant benefit verification letter for Social Security, Medicare, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

• Start or change your direct deposit (Social Security beneficiaries only).

• Check your information and the amount of your benefits.

• Change of address (Social Security beneficiaries only).

• Apply for a replacement Medicare card.

• Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S instantly for tax season.

• Declare your wages if you are working and receiving disability or SSI benefits.

You can create your personal my Social Security account at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.

Our blog at blog.ssa.gov features posts and information from our Acting Commissioner and other experts. You can subscribe and receive an email whenever we publish a new blog so you can stay informed. From the blog you can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

With so many useful services and information available online, we’re here for you when it’s convenient for you. Be sure to let your friends and family know about everything they can do from any device on www.ssa.gov.

Charo Boyd is the Social Security Public Affairs Specialist for East Central Indiana. His column appears every other Monday.