Every year we receive one of these personal social security statements. We're not sure when they started arriving in our mail box but we remember being quite perplexed and unsure (to hang onto or toss)? Last year, we finally picked up the phone and called the Social Security Office and asked them--what is this personal statement (should we shred or not)? Answers after the jump.
The individual we spoke with over the phone said the Personal Social Security Statement you receive in the mail is for your records only. Each year, you receive a new copy with updated information and the previous year's statement can be shredded. First, you'll want to check your own records against your current Social Security Statement. If you spot a mistake, you'll want to let the records office know. For a complete record retention guide for the remainder of your paperwork, check out Gregory's post on what to keep and what to toss.
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