Tax Guru – Ker$tetter Letter

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Posted by taxguru on January 29, 2003

9-Digit ‘Social’ Overused as ID

It’s good that they are finally realizing how dangerous it is to use SSNs for too many thing. However, for most people, it will be like putting toothpaste back in the tube in regard to getting control over their private SSNs. In spite of the claim on the SS card that it is “Not For Identification,” it has become the de facto personal ID for almost everything. Filing Form SS-4 and obtaining a new IRS ID number may be the only way anyone can have any serious level of control over who has access to their personal ID.

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