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Level 2

Wrong ssn in w2 and tax returns filed for 2 years

My W2 has wrong ssn number, only the first digit but I filed my 1040 with correct SSN and got returns for 2 years. What should I do now? 

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Level 20

Wrong ssn in w2 and tax returns filed for 2 years

Others may have additional thoughts on this, but one thing you MUST do is have your employer issue a corrected W-2 for every year that the wrong SSN was on your W-2.  Those W-2's go not only to the IRS but to Social Security, so that your earnings are credited toward your future Social Security benefits.  You need for those records to be accurate.  And although your tax refunds came to you all right for a couple of tax returns, that incorrect W-2 could still come back to haunt you if the IRS catches it later.  Get the employer to correct it, and give copies of the corrected W-2 to you, copies to the Social Security Administration, and the IRS.

Level 2

Wrong ssn in w2 and tax returns filed for 2 years

Thanks for the reply. I’m on my OPT which means I don’t pay SSN taxes. I will ask my employer to change the W2 ASAP.