1 Month Until Tax Day. Social Security Can Help You Prepare!

March 15, 2018 • By

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man and woman reading This year the tax return filing deadline, or Tax Day, falls on April 17. Individual income tax returns are due to federal and state governments. Social Security can help you prepare:

  1. If you receive Social Security benefits, Social Security provides you with an annual Benefit Statement, also known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S. A Benefit Statement shows the total amount of benefits you received from Social Security in the previous year, so you know how much Social Security income to report to the IRS on your tax return. If you misplaced your Benefit Statement or didn’t receive it by the end of January, and you currently live in the United States, you can get a replacement form quickly and easily with a personal my Social Security account.
  2. Do you own a business or help other people with their taxes? Our Business Services Online suite of services can help individuals and small businesses prepare for tax day. There, you can report employee wages and verify names and Social Security numbers for W-2s. It’s a free, convenient, and secure way to do business with us. You can also check out our Information for Tax Preparers site to find out all the ways we can help you prepare for tax day this year and in the future.

A personal my Social Security account helps you out several ways during tax season and beyond. In addition to getting your replacement Benefit Statement, you can check your Social Security Statement to verify your annual earnings are posted correctly. Errors in your earnings record could affect the amount of benefits you receive in the future. By verifying that your earnings were reported correctly, you are helping us keep your earnings record accurate. Sign in or create an account, and see what you all can do online with my Social Security.

Social Security is with you on Tax Day and throughout life’s journey. Visit us online today!

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

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  1. Rita B.

    I have no clue what name I will be using to prepare my tax forms as I recently married and it is impossible to make an appointment with social security to have name changed. I do not feed it is safe to send important documents through the mail to social security as I was advised to do. Any suggestions?

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