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Social Security Statements May Return--But Are They Accurate?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Sep 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Here is your classic good news/bad news story. Social Security may resume sending out annual statements. Social Security mailed annual benefits statements up until 2012 when they established their website. At present, Social Security only sends statements to those people who are 60 or older.

Check-In Often

The best way to keep track of your Social Security data is via I have been urging people to not only set up an account but to

Yep, It All Checks Out

check it regularly. The consequences of Social Security having bad or no information about you can be very harmful. The sooner you find an error, the easier it will be to correct. 

But, the great majority of people do not have a account. Without paper statements, they are in the dark. For this reason, sending out these statements is likely a good idea. 

Did I Mention Checking For Errors?

Now for the bad news. The statement Social Security sends you may not be accurate. In a recent blog post, Laurence Kotlikoff documented a case where Social Security provided false information about what a person could expect in retirement benefits.  In particular, Social Security dramatically downplayed the benefits of delaying retirement to full retirement age and even to age 70.  This kind of bad data could lead a retiree to take his Social Security payments too soon. This could result in leaving tens of thousands of dollars on the table.

Mistake? What Mistake?

The wise maxim states "never rule out incompetence as the cause of a problem." That is likely what is happening here. But, this could be nefarious if Social Security is misleading retirees in the interest of shorting them benefits they are due.

OK. One Last Time: Check Your Account

Bottom line: either by paper or by going online, it is vital you check your status with Social Security. Your quality of life in retirement, or disability, depends on it.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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