Social Security Agency Resumes Mailing Statements

Marilyn Brohm |

Beginning last month, workers attaining ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 who are not receiving Social Security benefits and who are not registered for a My Social Security account will receive the statement in the mail about 3 months before their birthday. After age 60, people will receive a statement every year.  The agency expects to send nearly 48 million statements each year.

The agency stopped mailing annual benefit statements in 2011 as a cost-cutting measure. The switch to digital delivery saved the government about $70 million annually in printing and postage. But the move proved unpopular.

“We have listened to our customers, advocates, and Congress; and renewing the mailing of the Statement reinforces our commitment to provide the public with an easy, efficient way to obtain an estimate of their future Social Security benefits,” Acting Commissioner Colvin said. “I encourage everyone to create their own secure My Social Security account to obtain immediate access to their statement online, anytime.”