Jan 7, 2017
Over the holidays, I spent some time finishing up a website that I've been building which helps anyone to understand their United States Social Security benefits. I just launched it over at https://ssa.tools/.
It's still a work in progress, but it's usable. It lets you see your own benefit information, shows you the calculations that take you from your earnings records to your benefit amount, and lets you run "What - If" scenarios with different inputs:
I've tried to not just show the result of the calculation, but show how the calculation is made, so that the user can get an intuitive feel. Charts that show you the answer to some of the above questions on a curve hopefully help to give a sense of what these calculations are doing.
I'd like to add some more features to the tool including:
If you spot any issues or have suggestions, please add them over at the issue tracker on GitHub.