Each year the Social Security Administration sends an earnings statement to every person who has paid into the Social Security Administration. This earnings statement contains your recorded earnings for each year that you have worked. It also reflects the amount of social security benefits you will receive if you early retire, retire at your designated age or become disabled. The earnings statement s accuracy is important because the amount that you will receive from the Social Security Administration is based upon the amount that you paid into the system; thus, you want Social Security to have an accurate accounting of your earnings.
If you disagree with the earnings statement, you have the right to challenge the validity of the statement. The Social Security Act provides a time restraint for such a challenge. The Act provides a basic statute of limitations of 3 years, 3 months and 15 days after the close of the taxable year in which wages sought to be corrected are paid. However, exceptions to this statute of limitations exist such as correcting errors made by the Social Security Administration or if the error is clear on the face of the record.
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