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Social Security

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Your Social Security Number is a private number, you are only required to provide it for  employment and banking.  Please keep your number in a safe place to prevent identity theft.  Never give out your social security number.

Social Security is a U.S. government program.  It pays a monthly amount of money to workers who are retired (at least age 62) or disabled. To qualify for benefits, you generally must have worked during at least 10 different years. A worker’s spouse or child may also be eligible for benefits. 

To help pay for Social Security (and Medicare), both you and your boss contribute to the government.  This money goes to your account at Social Security. Your part should be deducted from your check each week.  It is usually listed on your check as a combination of “FICA" and "Medicare.” The other part is paid by your boss.  The amount deducted from your checks is equal to 7.65% of your gross pay, which is 6.2% for FICA and 1.45% for Medicare.  Your boss’s share is equal to 7.65% of your gross pay and is not deducted from your checks. 

It is a good idea to check with Social Security to see if all your earnings are included in their records.  If not, you can correct your record.  If you have any questions regarding Social Security you can call their toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. 

Please note, H2A and undocumented workers do not qualify for Social Security benefits.  

For more information on H2A workers and Social Security, visit H-2A Contracts: Income Taxes and Social Security Numbers.

If you have any questions or problems, please call one of our offices.

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