Mailing of Social Security Earnings Statements Reinstated
Consumers for Paper Options, a coalition advocating for access to paper-based services and information, applauded progress in the effort to restore the mailing of Social Security Earnings Statements, which has been a key focus of the coalition's agenda for more than two years.
The Social Security Administration, which in January was directed by Congress to devise a plan for reinstating this effort, will mail the Earnings Statements this September and every five years thereafter to every American ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 who has not signed up for online statements. The Social Security Administration eliminated its annual mailing of Earnings Statements in 2011, but was directed in the Fiscal Year 2014 funding bill-H.R. 3547-to present a plan to Congress within 60 days that includes "a significant restoration of the mailing of statements" to individuals. While earnings statements are currently available online, wage-earners must first create an online account and provide sensitive personal information before being granted access. This presents a significant burden for the 25 percent of Americans without Internet access, as well as those with cyber security concerns, while many other citizens do not even know the online statements exist.