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Is Your W-2 Form Correct?

Soon we will start receiving W-2 forms for 2015. Rather than just tossing it on the table until needed for completion of your taxes, make sure your W-2 is correct now. It is important that your name and Social Security number (SSN) be correct on your W-2 form. In the short term, a mismatch between your…
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Using 2015 Earnings For 2016 Retirement Benefits

Q: I am working through December and have completed my Social Security online application to start retirement in 2016. Will 2015 earnings be used to determine my retirement amount? A: Your best 35 earning years, adjusted for inflation, are used to compute your SSA retirement amount. Assuming your 2015 earnings are one of these best…
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Employers – Register For Business Services Online Now

The W-2 season is only a few months away. Now is the time for employers to register to use Social Security Business Services Online (BSO). A registered employer can verify the Social Security number (SSN) of newly hired and existing employees online or overnight, without seeing the paper SSN card. Verifying now that you have…
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Correcting Your Work Record

Q: I work part-time as an employee for a business and receive a W-2 for those wages plus I have separate self-employment earnings that I pay taxes on when filing my taxes each year. Only the W-2 wages appear on my most recent Social Security Statement. Since I have been paying self-employment taxes, shouldn’t they…
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Are Social Security Numbers Issued Consecutively?

Q: Are Social Security numbers issued consecutively? A: No. Social Security numbers (SSN’s) have been issued randomly since June 2011 to help protect number integrity and to extend longevity of the nine-digit SSN nationwide. A Social Security number has three parts. Before numbers were issued randomly in 2011, the first three digits, called the Area…
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