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Chapter 11. Social Security > Getting a Copy of Your Record

Getting a Copy of Your Record

It is important, particularly in the year before you retire, to obtain a copy of your Social Security earnings’ record to make sure that you are being credited for your entire work history. If you find that you are not credited for work that you performed, it is your obligation to provide to the Social Security Administration evidence of your past employment so that they can correct the record. Copies of pay stubs, W-2s, income tax returns or even letters from your past employers will be accepted by the Social Security Administration as proof of your employment.

The Social Security Administration will annually send you their computations of prospective benefits to which you are entitled. However, you may also get these documents through the Internet at www.socialsecurity.gov. If you find a mistake, you have up to three years, three months and fifteen days from the end of the calendar year in which the mistake occurred to request a correction through the local Social Security Administration district office. After that time period has expired, you can still have a mistake corrected if the mistake was caused by fraud, clerical error or reporting or record errors, which is just about every way that a mistake on your record can occur, so the statute of limitation does not usually present a problem.


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