02-16-2017 Letters and Commentary

Easily get replacement Social Security tax forms online

 Tax time is fast approaching. Preparing your documents can seem overwhelming. Some forms and paperwork might be difficult to track down. Social Security has made it easy to track down your annual Benefit Statement.

An SSA-1099, or your annual Benefit Statement, is a tax form Social Security mails each year in January to people who receive Social Security benefits. It shows the total amount of benefits received from Social Security in the previous year so people know how much Social Security income to report to the IRS on their tax return. You should receive your SSA-1099 by January 31, 2017.

For noncitizens that live outside of the United States and received or repaid Social Security benefits last year, we will send form SSA-1042S instead. The forms SSA-1099 and SSA-1042S are not available for people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

If you currently live in the United States and need a replacement form SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S, we have a way for you to get an instant replacement quickly and easily. Go online and request an instant replacement form with a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. The online replacement form was available beginning February 1, 2017. Every working person in the U.S. should create a my Social Security account. The secure and personalized features of my Social Security are invaluable in securing a comfortable retirement — for today and tomorrow.

Vonda VanTil is the Public Affairs Specialist for West Michigan.  You can write her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525 or via email at vonda.vantil@ssa.gov.

WHY REINVENT THE WHEEL? I am puzzled why our leaders are beating their gums (again) to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and tighten the immigration laws when they do not have any valid replacement for either.

Why not replace the ACA with increased Medicare and improve the immigration laws with increased vetting for prospective citizens.

President Trump promised to “drain the swamp” of Washington D.C. Most of us took that to mean the entrenched political establishment and lobbyist that have a hammerlock on the taxpayer’s money would get flushed out (of office). So far, the flushing is threatening to drown the folks that need the help the most.

We have government departments that already deliver a health care product and regulate immigration. Why not make them better and improve the product instead of trying to reinvent it.

MOSTLY AGREE WITH YOU… I have had that comment more than a few times writing this column.

The point is agreement is not nearly as important as the discourse on any particular subject.

What makes our country great is the agreement to disagree and to allow others their own opinion.

The next step after the great debate of a subject is working together to come to a consensus that works for all.

Perhaps it is not our opinions that need work, it is accepting others.