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yon2655
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What happen if a person it’s ilegal and it has been working for more than a year with his second name and his last name but now he got work permit and SSN ?

Can he/she use the w-2 issued for his/her employer to declare taxes ? Even knowing that the SSN and names doesn’t match correctly
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pk
Level 12
Level 12

What happen if a person it’s ilegal and it has been working for more than a year with his second name and his last name but now he got work permit and SSN ?

@yon2655  below is my view on this ---

First the situation --- Person A uses  somebody else's SSN, is without papers and works  in the USA ---- SSN  is SSN#1.   Subsequently A receives work permit and gets a  proper SSN  called SSN#2.

 

IRS does not care whether the earner is legal or illegal  with or without work permit.  All they care about is that  each earner has paid  the  proper taxes  ( including  Social Security and Medicare ).   Thus the easiest solution is for this  person A to have two W-2 issued --- one with the original (fake? ) SSN#1  and a second with  new issued SSN#2.   This does mean help from the employer and also means that the FICA contributions  would go to two  SSNs ( SSN#1 and SSN#2 ) and the  Person A  when retired would only get the benefits based on payments to SSN#2.     Everything depends on how the W-2 is issued.

 

Does this help ?

yon2655
Returning Member

What happen if a person it’s ilegal and it has been working for more than a year with his second name and his last name but now he got work permit and SSN ?

Thank you. What happen If the employer just issued one w-2 with the ssn#1 and he/she can’t get a w-2 with the ssn#2 ? 

MarilynG1
Expert Alumni

What happen if a person it’s ilegal and it has been working for more than a year with his second name and his last name but now he got work permit and SSN ?

You could ask your employer for a 'Corrected W-2' that shows only the amount that you earned with your correct SSN.

 

You can then file your return inTurboTax with this W-2. 

 

You can't use the W-2 with the incorrect SSN to file your taxes.

 

Click this link for instructions on How to Enter a Corrected W-2

 

 

 

 

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pk
Level 12
Level 12

What happen if a person it’s ilegal and it has been working for more than a year with his second name and his last name but now he got work permit and SSN ?

@yon2655 , I recognize the following advice from @MarilynG1  would be the right way to go forward.  However, I would suspect that the employer ( especially if small ) would balk at having to issue  another W-2 with the correct SSN -- he  probably have no problem doing a 2021 with the new SSN ( and changing name at the same time).   If that is the case, then suggest  use the  W-2 issued to file  the return this  year ( i.e. with the old SSN, old name  etc. ).  This does mean that any refunds may be issued to a different  name and your bank may or may not  cash that -- unless of course the bank account is with the old name  and  the old SSN.   This also means for the  year 2021  you really have to start everything with the  "new " name and the new SSN.

 

Stay safe 

Opus 17
Level 15

What happen if a person it’s ilegal and it has been working for more than a year with his second name and his last name but now he got work permit and SSN ?

The IRS does not care if you are legal to work or not, and they won't inform on you to ICE or anyone else, but you can still get in trouble if you don't report your honest wages and pay the correct income tax.

 

In the situation where you have a W-2 that represents your wages, but reported in the name and SSN of another person, and assuming the employer can't or won't make the correction, I would suggest using form 4852, "substitute W-2" for a missing W-2.  You can get turbotax to make this form by entering your wages and other information under your correct SSN in the program, then check the box for special circumstances for "I did not get a W-2."

 

I say this because, when the IRS comes looking for "Mr. Smith" who failed to report this W-2, Mr. Smith will declare themselves to be a victim of identity theft and never worked for your employer.  You never really got an SSN under your own name, so in a sense, your W-2 is still "missing."

 

I am assuming here that you no longer work for employer #1 who issued the W-2 under the wrong name, and any job you now have is under your right name and SSN.  If the incorrect W-2 was from a job you still have, then the employer really needs to correct things.  I would have to think further about it.

 

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*
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