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Should I give my social security number to my old boss?

I was working at a small business for a few months, my first legit job, where they were paying me under the counter in personal checks. I quit the job and haven't worked there for a month but just last week my old boss called me asking for my social security number for I think she said paperwork for the government. I'm worried about identity theft. Should I be giving my ex-boss the number?

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What's probably going on here is that your former boss needs to file at 1099 for you, so he can claim your "wages" as a business expense. This is why people get into trouble for getting paid under the table. I assume taxes weren't withheld, even though they should have been and your former employer should have paid them. What might seem like a good idea at the time and a win-win for employer and employee really isn't.

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It's a "be careful" - there's a tax liability involved on someone's part. When taxes owed don't get paid, the collecting authorities (in this case, surely the IRS and probably the state, maybe the city as well), don't always play nice. If a judgment is made against @bcca3b, he/she should be in hot water.
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Meant to say "could be in hot water," not should be.
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So if the IRS doesn't have my number is there any way I can get in trouble? I didn't even realize I was doing anything illegal until a friend told me after my first paycheck that that isn't the way its supposed to be done. This was my first job, I don't want to get in trouble for something I knew nothing about...
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Sorry to say, the IRS does not consider ignorance of the law to be a good reason to not pay taxes. From a legal standpoint, it's more likely that your former boss would be in more trouble. Still, taxes are owed by someone. It could be that you didn't make enough to have to file a return. But if your boss reports earnings, and it's enough to require a return to be filed, the IRS will be expecting something from you. The IRS web site is actually pretty user-friendly and in plain English. You could check into their FAQs and see what you learn there.
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good answer Kim, we all have an obligation to file on our earnings whether we like it or not.
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bcca....The IRS does have your SSN. It was required when your parents filed and claimed you as a dependant on their taxes (making a lot of assumptions so I am...just stating how it works). Your SSN is out there a lot more than you think....bank, school, SSA, for example. Still, unless it is required by law, NEVER give it to anyone. Utility companies like to have it but you are not required to give it to them..one example.
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i wouldnt

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Not if he was your old boss.

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hahaha no!

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No, there is no reason for an ex-boss to have it. Do not release private information.

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No!

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no. he might want something from you like money, your house, or revenge... he he...

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Y and no

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No, you only give it out when filling the application sometimes,the app already should have all the information,tell them to get lost.

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No

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Hell no lol

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A boss who paid you "under the table"? No way! Not now!

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No, just dont

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no

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kimkay is dead on, best answer of all!

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No why does he need to know

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Yes seems reasonable

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Nope if it was under the table don't give it.

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With the info you supplied here, I would say no. If I were you I would file whatever tax forms (fed, state, city) you would file if you were paid legally. You may not owe any actual tax but you will have to pay social security tax. Do this and YOU will be ok. It is that jerk of a boss that will have problems. He was getting out of paying his half of the SS tax, unemployment tax, etc...dumping it on you. His books may show he followed the law on this but I'll give you goods odds he's cookin' them. Order Pub 17 from the IRS (its free) and it will give you the best answer on your situation. A lot of how you are paid depends on if you were an employee or working on a contract basis...very general rule here is you *were* an employee if he could hire and fire you...in which case he is in the wrong. If he does not have your SSN by now, he sure should have had it...Just file your taxes and don't fret about it...ignorance of the law is not an excuse but if big bucks are not involved here and you comply with tax laws you will be OK. IRS also offers free walk-in help in some cities....also VITA can offer you assistance. (boss was a jerk!!! BTW)

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