For over 80 years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has been committed to maintaining the accuracy of earnings records used to determine benefit amounts. The SSA relies on employers and workers for much of this vital information. The agency keeps a record of workers’ earnings to ensure people get the benefits they have earned.
Employers are responsible for providing accurate earnings information for their employees. There are a number of reasons why reported names and Social Security numbers (SSNs) may not agree with the SSA’s records, such as: typographical errors, unreported name changes, inaccurate or incomplete employer records, or misuse of an SSN. Businesses and employers can sign up for the SSA’s Business Services Online (BSO) at www.socialsecurity.gov/bso to verify that employee records are correct and resolve any name and SSN mismatch issues. The free tool, the Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS), allows employers to verify that their employees’ information matches Social Security’s records.
You can also check your lifetime earnings record to verify that it is complete and correct by creating a “my Social Security” account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and reviewing your online Social Security Statement to verify your earnings. You should notify the SSA if there is a discrepancy in their earnings record or if earnings are missing. Errors can affect your entitlement to benefits and future benefit amount.
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By: Joyce Trudeau of Premier Disability Services, LLC®