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January 18, 2014

Social Security: At tax time, make sure your Social Security information is in order

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I own a small business. Can I report my employees’ W-2s to Social Security electronically? Yes, and we encourage you to do just that at www.socialsecurity.gov/bso. Filing your W-2s electronically is free, fast, and secure! Plus there’s an added bonus: when you file electronically, you receive an extra month to file because electronically filed W-2s aren’t due until March 31. You’ll also receive an electronic receipt. And when you enter your W-2 information online, you can simultaneously print out the W-2s for your employees. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov/employer.

Does Social Security have any tips at this time of year for those filing their taxes? Yes. We encourage you to carefully check: your name, Social Security number, and all data on your W-2s; your online Social Security Statement; and your Social Security card to make sure they all match. If you don’t have access to your card or statement but know your Social Security number, make sure the number and information is correct on your W-2s. A mismatch could delay your tax refund and cause problems with your Social Security benefits in the future. Such errors are much easier to fix early on. If you do notice an error, call Social Security at (800) 772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778), or if the information on the W-2 is incorrect, notify your employer. 

For more information about Social Security, visit www.socialsecurity.gov.

Tracey W. Marmet is district manager of the Oneonta office of the Social Security Administration. Other ‘Senior Scene’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/seniorscene.

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