by: Cherryl Kjos
Winona Social Security District Manager
The tax filing season is just around the corner and now is the time that many taxpayers start gathering records and documentation for filing tax returns. One of the most important things needed is a Social Security number for everyone who will be claimed as a dependent. Do your dependents have their Social Security numbers?
Today, most new parents apply for a Social Security number at the hospital when they apply for the baby's birth certificate. The state agency that issues the birth certificates shares the child's information with us, and we mail the Social Security card to the family. Anyone who doesn't apply for a Social Security card at the hospital can apply at any Social Security office, or by mail. If you are in this situation, you need to:
Complete an Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5); and Show documents proving your child's U.S. citizenship, age and identity. And you would also need to prove that you are the child's parent.
All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. It is also important to understand that we must verify your child's birth record, which can add up to 12 weeks to the time it takes to issue a card. We will mail your child's number and card as soon as we have verified your documents with the issuing offices.
If you do not get a Social Security number for your newborn before the April 15 tax filing deadline, you have two options:
You can file your income tax return without claiming the child and then file an amended income tax return when the child has a Social Security number; or
You can file with the Internal Revenue Service to extend the deadline for filing the tax return.
All of us at the Winona Social Security office would like to wish you a Happy Holiday season and best wishes for the year ahead.