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What If Someone Has Been Using My Social Security Number?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Feb 02, 2018 | 0 Comments

I had a case this week involving a fellow with a long history of orthopedic problems. He has had multiple surgeries on his neck and now he needs an operation on his lower back. He is over 55 and has no real education, training, or work skills.  Seems pretty simple.  Then the judge's office calls.

No Favorable Decision In The Face Of Earnings

It turns out that somebody had been using this client's Social Security number while working in someplace called Olathe, Kansas.

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The judge relayed the message that she was convinced by the medical portion of the claim. But, with these earnings in the record, she could not find in my client's favor.

Report False Earnings At Once

Fortunately, there are options if you find out someone has been using your Social Security number.  The first thing to do is report this fact to Social Security.  If the circumstances support your allegation that the earnings in question are not yours, Social Security will remove these earnings from your record.  In this case, my client had never even been to Kansas, let alone worked there.

The IRS Has A Form Just For This

You can also file IRS Form 14039.  This form alerts the IRS to any earnings reported in your name that do not belong to you. I am

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not sure of how effort the IRS puts into investigating claims like these. That said, it's important to file 14039 because it is an affirmative statement from you that you did not earn the wages in dispute.

Check Your Earnings Record

If you discover that someone out there, whether in Kansas or on the moon, has been using your Social Security number, report it immediately.  Sadly, this sort of identity theft is far too common.  It is worth checking your earnings record to see if there is any suspicious activity.  You may never apply for Social Security disability benefits. But, if you do, you will be glad you reported any bogus earnings.

Have you been the victim of identity theft? What did you do? Let me know. 

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.

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