Of course the simplest way for one to get an estimate of their social security benefits is when they log on to the official website and use the online estimator to get a figure that should be very close to what they should get, if not very accurate. There are many factors for one to bear in mind when they are calculating this but they should be able to get a very good figure. The online retirement benefits estimator is very easy to use but one has to have amassed the required work credits before they can use it.
As a formula that is allowed by the law, several other factors should be borne in mind. These are all relevant in getting the right estimate and within the right parameters too. The estimator works on the current law and the real time access to your earnings. Therefore, what one gets is actually very close to the real thing, if not the real thing itself. Once logged on, one will be required to fill in their name, social security number, place and their date of birth. The mother’s maiden name is also required. Then, the estimator lets you create a “what if” section for any retirement scenarios based on the current law.
However, the calculation does not stop there because people who already have the estimate of their benefits can also use other charts and benefits calculators online to find out what the other factors like earnings can affect their benefits. Such calculators also come in handy because they show one how much more income they might need after they retire in order to maintain the lifestyle they have been used to. If one has trouble on using the estimator, there are many tips and ideas online on how to get the best estimate of ones social security retirement benefits.