Monday, April 1, 2019
NPR reports that the Social Security Administration is reviving the controversial practice of sending "no match" letters to businesses across the country, notifying them when an employee's Social Security number doesn't match up with official records. These no-match letters are expected to set off alarm bells. That's what happened when they arrived in the mail back in the mid-2000s. Back then, as now, the federal government was trying to crack down on unauthorized workers. The Obama administration stopped sending "no natch letters" in 2012.
There are many reasons someone's Social Security number might not match: name changes or clerical errors, for example. But it can also mean that a worker is using a fake Social Security number. And when an employer gets one of these letters, it has to ask the worker to fix the problem.