SSA Responds to California Lawmakers' Questions on 'No-Match' Letters

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently responded to a letter sent on April 11, 2019, from Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Cal.), along with several California legislators, questioning the decision to reinstate the practice of sending "no match" letters to businesses nationwide. Such letters notify employers when an employee's Social Security number does not match official records.

Nancy Berryhill, Acting Commissioner for the SSA, responded that the letters advise employers that corrections are needed for the agency to properly post an employee's earnings to the correct record, while educating employers to use SSA's online wage reporting tools to improve the accuracy of their wage reporting. She said the no-match letters are "educational."

The Acting Commissioner said the SSA encourages employers to "take timely action on no-matches," but noted that "we do not take any action, nor are there any SSA-related consequences, for employers' non-compliance with our letters." She also noted that the letter "specifically advises employers not to take an adverse action against an employee based on the letter."

Details: SSA response (which includes the questions from the legislators), http://www.laborcounselors.com/files/ACOSS_to_Costa-__EDCOR_-_Signed_6319.pdf