I nominate ,,, for a IBS feature.
The ACA RBT plan got a feature so this should as well. Karen wrote the into there. I don’t think much intro is needed. Just post as a feature and to highlight for comment.
Democrats Abroad survey report now out.
Can We Please Stop Paying Twice – Tax Reform for Americans Abroad
No new info really, but might be useful anyway.
Voices 5 things every U.S. expat needs to know about the new tax law
* By David McKeegan
* Published January 19 2018, 2:29pm EST
“I think you’re right. I’m not sure how they get those SSNs…maybe from dead people? I’ll bet there’s a huge profitable cottage industry, lol.”
And from USC living abroad….us!
“When my husband and I decided to start filing US tax, we found out that the SSN that he’d acquired in the 60’s was being used by someone in N Carolina. We may responsible for a subsequent deportation.”
If your husband is still a USC, better hope whomever is using his SSN in N. Carolina hasn’t run up a debt to the USG for $50,000 dollars or more.
It’s all good – I’m sure the IRS knows that my husband in Canada and whoever was using his SSN in NC are two different individuals by now.
Glad to hear it!
Back in the Pleistocene Era, when I was in university in the USA, many of the foreign students I knew had SSNs. They simply went to the Social Security Office and applied, no questions asked. They needed them because they were working on campus (their visas allowed them to work on campus), and SSNs were required. Has anything changed since then? is it necessary that one must be a US citizen or green card holder to get a SSN? I suspect many of those law-breaking illegal immigrants–er, I mean, Dreamers–got their SSN the same way as my erstwhile foreign classmates.
“I’m sure the IRS knows that my husband in Canada and whoever was using his SSN in NC are two different individuals by now.”
Here’s the difficulty in communicating by text. The first time I read your statement, I thought you meant it. It took almost a whole minute for me to figure out you were being ironic.
“Has anything changed since then?”
ITINs were invented, but I think there’s more to it. I think there are still situations where a person who isn’t authorized to work in the US still needs an SSN, and their SSN card says that the holder isn’t authorized to work in the US.
@Barbara and ND
In the 90’s, foreign students at my college were taken to the SS office and issued SSN cards with “Not for employment purposes.” printed on them. Their/our student numbers were our SSNs.