How to Terminate your Social Security Number.............. http://www.dailypaul.com/node/79492
Interesting call to the Social Security Administration today Posted January 17th, 2009 by juliusbragg
So I've been contemplating turning in my social security number, in order to stop being a Federal United States employee, so I called the SSA today just to see what they would say.
SSA: Hello this is Dorothy, how may I help you?
ME: Hello Dorothy, I recently learned that Social Security is a voluntary insurance program, and that I may terminate my SS number at any time and get out of it, my question is, do I get all of my money back that I payed in when I turn in my number?
SSA: (pissy) No
ME: So I'd probably have to file suit for that?
ME: one more question, is there a SSA form that I fill out to cancel my number?
SSA: hold on let me check... (2 minutes)
ME: I'm here
SSA: we don't have a form for that, you would have to send in a letter and your card. (much nicer attitude for some reason)
ME: O.K., I was surprised to find out it was voluntary, I always thought it was mandatory to have a number.
SSA: Are you in the United States
ME: do you mean in the United States as defined as the District of Columbia, or do you just mean one of the states?
SSA: one of the states (no hesitation or surprise in her voice)
ME: oh, one of the states
SSA: yeah it actually is mandatory to have one if your not paying into another pension program to the federal or state government.
ME: Oh, you mean if I'm a state or Federal Employee?
SSA: Yes ME: Oh, ok, yeah, I'm not a State or Federal employee, ok, thanks for your time. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
For anyone else interested in doing so, the SSA can be reached at 1-800-772-1213. Edward, ID Number DELETED, my SSA customer service rep looked into the termination section of their manual to verify the procedure for terminating my social security number. He gave me the office address and number of my local office and told me to send it in with a letter describing the fact that I wish to terminate my number as it is voluntary. He asked why I wish to terminate my number and I stated that I wished to stop contributing to the program voluntarily. "Well," he said, "You can just tell your employer to stop withholding the money from your paycheck. That way you can still get the benefits that you have paid into so far. " I explained to him that I tried to do so with my employer, but my employer believes that he is required to continue withholding. He then went on to say that if I did terminate my social security number through the process he described that I would receive a letter stating that I have terminated the number and withholding can terminate as well.
Brilliant!!!! Absolutely brilliant.