Your Contributions Make Our Nation Stronger

March 27, 2017 • By

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Last Updated: March 27, 2017

man & woman reading on the couchAt first, seeing taxes taken out of your paycheck can be a little disappointing. However, you can take pride in knowing you’re making an important impact each week when you contribute to Social Security. Understanding how important your contribution is takes some of the sting away because your taxes are helping millions of Americans — and protecting you and your family for life — as well as wounded warriors, the chronically ill, and disabled.

By law, employers must withhold Social Security taxes from a worker’s paycheck. While usually referred to as “Social Security taxes” on an employee’s pay statement, sometimes the deduction is labeled as “FICA” which stands for Federal Insurance Contributions Act, a reference to the original Social Security Act. In some cases, you will see “OASDI” which stands for Old Age Survivors Disability Insurance.

The taxes you pay now translate to a lifetime of protection — for retirement in old age or in the event of disability. And when you die, your family (or future family) may be able to receive survivors benefits based on your work as well.

Because you may be a long way from retirement, you might have a tough time seeing the value of benefit payments that could be many decades in the future. But keep in mind that the Social Security taxes you’re paying can provide valuable disability or survivors benefits now in the event the unexpected happens. Studies show that of today’s 20-year-olds, about one in four will become disabled, and about one in eight will die, before reaching retirement.

Be warned: if an employer offers to pay you “under the table,” you should refuse. It’s against the law. They may try to sell it as a benefit to you since you get a few extra dollars in your pay. But you’re really only allowing the employer to cheat you out of your Social Security credits.

If you’d like to learn a little more about Social Security and exactly what you’re building up for yourself by paying Social Security taxes, take a look at our online booklet, How You Earn Credits, at

If you have a friend who lost a parent when they were a child, they probably got Social Security survivors benefits. Social Security helps by providing income for the families of workers who die. In fact, 98 of every 100 children could get benefits if a working parent dies. And Social Security pays more benefits to children than any other federal program. You can learn more at

Do you prefer videos to reading? Check out webinar, “Social Security 101: What’s in it for me?” The webinar explains what you need to know about Social Security. You can find it at as well as on YouTube at

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

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  1. Enid B.

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  2. JOHN I.

    Could you please send me the form W-4V to my mailing address. John Ian Wallace 1743 Ferry Aly. Apt# 4 Eugene Oregon 97401 Thank you …

    • Vonda V.

      Hi John, thanks for using our blog. You can download form W-4V or call the IRS toll-free at 1-800-829-3676 and ask for Form W-4V. After completing the form, please mail it to your local Social Security office. Use our Social Security Office Locator to obtain your local office mailing address.

  3. Mo O.

    My husband waited on the phone 800-772-1213 today 7-15-20 about 25 minutes and was told, after Jennifer answered, that she cannot help him on the phone to change his withholding taxes from his social security check. But that we needed to go online to the social security website and download Form W4V, fill in out and mail it or take it in to SS office.
    After the call, I looked up the website and finally found a place that has forms to download; however, it states that Form W4V is not available online & we would have to call 800-772-1213 for help!! We will eventually have to just go into the SS office & fill it out, I’m sure. I saw others had commented that they cannot locate that form online, as well. Seems as if the agents on the 800 line are not aware that this form is not available online. It wastes a lot of time for people on both ends. Thank you.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Mo, sorry to hear about the difficulties you are having with Social Security. You can download Form W-4V or call the IRS toll-free at 1-800-829-3676 and ask for Form W-4V. Complete, sign and return the form to your local Social Security office by mail. Use our Social Security Office Locator to obtain your local office mailing address. We hope this helps!

  4. Mary T.

    You are our government at work but not for elderly and poor! I called to see if I can have a larger deduction taken from my (contract) part time wages and was told I should find the form on the internet. I am not computer savvy and at 73 find this difficult, but tried anyway. Still cannot find anything! Is the U.S. only for the young and rich? Shame on those who make these rules. Surely your office has the time to send one form!

  5. Debbie

    Can not find the w4V form

  6. Serafin A.

    been advised to have IRS tax my SS entitlements taxed to reduce my tax rate
    please advise how to proceed

  7. Julayne O.

    I have the same question as many others – where do I find the W4V form to print off?

  8. Nancy C.

    I need to print a copy form W-4v, I can not find the form on your list of forms please give me a way to find this form

  9. nancy c.

    I need to have W4V form

  10. Cynthia H.

    I want to print out the w4v form but I can’t find it.

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