Social Security Administration’s No-Match Letters Are Coming In 2019

20 Dec

Dec-BotLine-No-Match Letters in 2019

Starting in Spring 2019, Notices Regarding 2018 W-2’s Will Be Sent – Unlike Prior Letters, These WILL NOT BE Informational, But Informs Employers That Corrections Are Necessary

Impact:
2018 W-2 Forms Notifications Tell Employers That Corrections Are Mandatory

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has begun notifying employers that the information reported on an individual employee’s W-2 form does not match the SSA’s records with “Request for Employer Information” letters, known as “No-Match” letters.

“No-Match” Letters Are Back!

In July 2018, SSA re-started the practice by sending “Informational Notifications” to employers and third-party providers telling them of mis-matches on their 2017 Forms W-2 and explaining where to find helpful resources. The plan is to send 225,000 of these notices every two weeks.

A mis-match does not necessarily mean that there is any wrongdoing; it can be caused by an administrative error: numbers can be reversed, names might be misspelled or changed, for instance, due to marriage. But once a letter is received, in determining how to respond, employers find themselves caught between agencies.

SSA wants to maintain accurate earnings records. ICE wants to ensure compliance with employment verification laws. And the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section of the Department of Justice (IER) wants to ensure that employers are not discriminating on the basis of citizenship, nationality or by pursuing unfair documentary practices in violation of the INA.

What Employers Can Do

  1. Don’t take any adverse action against an employee based on a No-Match letter alone.
  2. Compare the SSA information with the individual’s employment records.
  3. If the employer’s records match, ask the employee to check the name and number on his or her Social Security card.
  4. If there is a mistake on the card or the card needs to be changed or corrected, ask the employee to reach out to SSA to resolve the issue.

For specifics in your city, CLICK HERE to view a valuable “Wage-by-City” report.

There are no “safe harbors.” If the W-2 issue is not easily resolved, employers should contact CalWorkSafety for legal advice. Since each case differs it must be analyzed individually to avoid missteps and penalties from either the SSA, ICE, or IER. It is wise to be sure you are prepared.

The Bottom Line:
This New Law Isn’t Optional!
The CalWorkSafety team offers effective
hands-on support to Employers dealing with
2019 New Laws including Salary History and
Request for Employer Information Letters.
To learn more email: dondressler1@hotmail.com
Call: 949-533-3742

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