wrong social security number on W2


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bahbahbooey2001

My wife and I sent off our returns, but:

She arrived in the US last year. When she obtained her
first employment here, she did not have an SS number yet.
She switched jobs soon after and was given her SS number at
that time. The first employer sent her W-2 with the wrong
SS number (since she hadn't been assigned one yet when she
worked for them). We simply sent in this W-2 with our
return. The W-2 from her second employer does have the
correct SS number. Will the first W-2 with the incomrrect
SS number cause a problem and if that is the case, what do
we need to do to correct it? We still reported the income
from this job so our tax burden won't change.
 
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Michael S. Rosen

My wife and I sent off our returns, but:

She arrived in the US last year. When she obtained her
first employment here, she did not have an SS number yet.
She switched jobs soon after and was given her SS number at
that time. The first employer sent her W-2 with the wrong
SS number (since she hadn't been assigned one yet when she
worked for them). We simply sent in this W-2 with our
return. The W-2 from her second employer does have the
correct SS number. Will the first W-2 with the incomrrect
SS number cause a problem and if that is the case, what do
we need to do to correct it? We still reported the income
from this job so our tax burden won't change.
You should have crossed out the incorrect SSN and written in
the correct one, in addition to informing the first employer
so they could file a corrected form with the SSA.

Mike
 
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rick++

Besides taxes, you want the proper accounting of Social
Security itself. It takes five years to qualify for a
disability benefit and ten years for a retirement benefit.
And you get the best benefits if you pay-in 35 years. As a
recent migrant she'll be behind others in reaching these
time limits. (Citizenship not required to receive these
benefits, but residency is.)
 
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Barney Bird

The first employer sent her W-2 with the wrong SS
number (since she hadn't been assigned one yet when she
worked for them). We simply sent in this W-2 with our
return.
IRS gets hundreds of thousands of tax returns with Forms W-2
attached for which the SSN on the Form W-2 does match the
taxpayer's actual taxpayer identification number (TIN).
Some of them, maybe even most, are returns filed by
undocumented aliens who are not eligible for U.S. SSNs.
Most undocumented aliens have Individual Taxpayer
Identification Numbers (ITINs) assigned to them by IRS.
However, the ITIN can only be used for filing a tax return
and cannot be used by the employer for reporting the
employee's social social security wages and withholding.
Thus, the the SSN on the employee's Form(s) W-2 will not
match the ITIN used on the tax return itself. Rarely does
IRS contact the taxpayer to ask him or her explain the
discrepancy. Since your wife has a valid SSN she doesn't
need to worry about obtaining an ITIN. ITINs are only for
taxpayers who cannot get an SSN.

It's possible IRS will contact you about the discrepancy but
it's unlikely. However, your wife should contact the Social
Security Administration (SSA) and ask them to make sure that
the wages shown on the Form W-2 with the incorrect TIN are
credited to her correct SSN. SSA may tell her to go back to
the employer and ask him to issue her a corrected Form W-2,
which is prepared on Form W-2C. If the employer is
unwilling to issue a Form W-2C under her correct SSN, she
can prepare IRS Form 4852 and mail it off to SSA to have
them credit her wages correctly. See "Important Notice"
near the bottom of the form. If she ends up using the Form
4852 for this purpose, she does not need to send a copy to
IRS.

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4852.pdf

Barney Byrd
 

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