Dear Madame L,
I know today is the Ides of April, or, as it's known in the U.S., tax day, so maybe you're too busy for a Social Security question, but I don't know who else to ask.
I've just received a statement from the Social Security Administration showing all the withholding over the years at all the jobs I've worked at, and they're missing 4 years, which I think could make a big difference on my Social Security benefits when I retire.
What can I do about this?
Thanks in advance,
Will Never Be Able to Retire At This Rate
Dear Middle-Class Worker,
Never fear! Madame L has checked on this for you, and it should be easy to fix the errors on your Social Security statement.
In the second paragraph of your statement, you'll read, "Please read the statement carefully. If you see a mistake, please let us know."
Ah, but now, you're asking, "How do I let them know?"
First, try calling this number: 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm, Eastern time, with your tax returns or W2 forms from the year(s) with errors right there in front of you. If you get stuck in the automated system and get put on hold, you can visit your local Social Security office. To find where it is, go to the Social Security Administration's Online Regional Web Sites or to the Local Office Search page, where you can enter your ZIP Code to find the nearest office.
You may also want to write a letter to:
Social Security Administration
Office of Public Inquiries
Windsor Park Bldg.
Baltimore, MD 21235
Best of luck,