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What is Social Security?

November 16, 2016 • By

Last Updated: August 19, 2021

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  3. Victor L.

    I’ve not received my W-2 form this year. Has it been lost in the mail or is it just late? I can’t file my taxes without it.

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Victor. Thanks for your question. To check the status of your W-2, you should contact your employer’s human resource or personnel office. If you are referring to the SSA-1099 showing the amount of benefits paid during last year and the amount of any voluntary Federal tax withheld, we mail it by January 31 each year. If for any reason you have not received your SSA-1099 in the mail, you can request a replacement SSA-1099/1042S for Tax Year 2019 by visiting your personal my Social Security account. We hope this helps.

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  5. Linda F.

    I read that ITINs are given to undocumented immigrants in order to file taxes, Even when an undocumented immigrant doesn’t have legal work authorization. Is this true?

    • Ray F.

      Hello Linda. Requests for Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TIN) are handled by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Thanks!

  6. Cooper J.

    When did my Social Security begin?


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    • Ray F.

      Just a reminder – We do not have access to personal information in this venue. Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media channels. Thanks!

  7. Lynne G.

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