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Lane, JD,CFP, MBA, CRPS
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How do I calculate my benefits-- who / number do I call to

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How do I calculate my benefits-- who / number do I call to assess my earnings record for benefits? I am a Cdn who worked in the US but now reside in Canada but still file US returns/ up to date.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Lane replied 4 months ago.

Hi Michael. My name's Lane. I can help you here.

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Social Security always tells folks from Canada to go to the nearest US Social Security office

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There is also a totalization agreement (social Security agreement) between US and Canada.

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Bear with me, and I'll get the offices most typically used by Canadian residents.

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But in the mean time you may ALSO be able to use the online portal 'My Social Scurity'

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Be looking at this and I'll be right back: https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/

Expert:  Lane replied 4 months ago.

ON the My Social Security sirte you can... (I'll underline the pertinent part)

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  • Request a replacement Social Security card if you meet certain requirements;
  • Get your Social Security Statement, to review:
    • Estimates of your future retirement, disability, and survivors benefits;
    • Your earnings once a year to verify the amounts that we posted are correct; and
    • The estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid.
Expert:  Lane replied 4 months ago.

This directory provides the Social Security Administration's Resident Office for those beneficiaries and claimants residing in Canada. The individual's Canadian Province and/or Postal Code is needed to readily determine the Resident Office.

Directory

Alberta

Great Falls, Montana (DOC 869)*****South
Great Falls, MT 59405
1-***-***-****
Fax: 1-***-***-****

British ColumbiaSee separate listing for Social Security offices in British Columbia.

Manitoba

Grand Forks, North Dakota (DOC 707)
Suite 300*****br />Grand Forks, ND 58201
1-***-***-****
Fax: 1-***-***-****

New Brunswick

See separate listing for Social Security offices in New Brunswick.

Newfoundland

Bangor, Maine (DOC 002)
Room 208*****br />Bangor, ME 04401
1-***-***-****
Fax: 1-***-***-****

Northwest TerritoriesJuneau, Alaska (DOC 996)
Federal Building
Room 231
709 W. 9th Street
P.O. Box 21327
Juneau, AK 99801
1-***-***-****
Fax: 1-***-***-****

Nova ScotiaBangor, Maine (DOC 002)
Room 208*****br />Bangor, ME 04401
1-***-***-****
Fax: 1-***-***-****

OntarioSee separate listing for Social Security Offices in Ontario.

Prince Edward IslandBangor, Maine (DOC 002)
Room 208*****br />Bangor, ME 04401
1-***-***-****
Fax: 1-***-***-****

QuebecSee separate listing for Social Security Offices in Quebec.

Saskatchewan

Minot, North Dakota (DOC 706)
Social Security Administration*****, S.W.
Minot, North Dakota 58701
1-***-***-****
Fax: 1-***-***-****

Yukon Juneau, Alaska (DOC 996)
Federal Building
Room 231
709 W. 9th Street
P.O. Box 21327
Juneau, AK 99801
1-***-***-****
Fax: 1-***-***-****

All Other Provinces

See separate listing for Social Security Offices in Other Provinces

Expert:  Lane replied 4 months ago.

Please let me know if you have any questions at all, before rating me

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If this HAS helped, and you DON’T have other questions … I'd appreciate a positive rating (using the stars or faces on your screen, and then clicking “submit") ... Otherwise JA doesn't credit me for the work here.

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Thank you!

Lane

I hold a law degree, (Juris Doctorate), with concentration in Tax Law, Estate law & Corporate law, an MBA, with specialization in financial accounting & tax, a BBA, and CFP & CRPS designations, as well - I’ve been providing financial, Social Security/Medicare, estate, corporate, non-profit, and tax advice, since 1986.

Expert:  Lane replied 4 months ago.

P.S. I just noticed that you also said "How do I calculate my benefits," That earnings statement also provides estimates of your benefits.

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Please don't shoot the proverbial messenger here, but there's something called the WEP (Windfall Elimination Provision) that CAN - depending onhow many years you have under the US system - serve to reduce your US benefit becasue of the time you have in another system.

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On the positive side, however, the totalization agreement helps to be sure that is you didn't have enough work time to receive a benefit at all in one or the other system, the work credits can be transferred

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See this:

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https://www.ssa.gov/international/Agreement_Pamphlets/canada.html

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