FROM THE YOUR TAX DOLLARS NOT AT WORK DEPARTMENT

Press reports indicate that the Social Security Administration will no longer send out yearly earnings history reports to Americans under the age of 60. These were the documents that you received each year detailing how much income you made every year of your working life, and what your estimated social security earnings would be, based on that income. Divorce lawyers sometimes made use of these forms as a quick way to obtain income history, for purposes of calculating alimony.

The reason for the stoppage? $60 million in annual savings. Doesn’t seem like much of a justification, since that’s less than one one-hundredth of one percent of the U.S. Government’s budget.

The good news is that you can still get an estimate of your social security earnings at www.ssa.gov/estimator.