Post # 1
Hello fellow bees! A coworker of mine has a big issue and none of us know what to do so I thought I’d ask you guys!
Here is her story (from an email she sent me):
“I tried to file my taxes and in the end it told me that I have to contact SSA because they are showing a different birthdate than what IRS has. So instead of me going to the social security office to get this handled because their hours are when I need to be at work, I mailed in the form and my original birth certificate with a self address/self stamped envelope (to assure they will send it right back when they are done with it) so that social security can make that change and all will be right with the world. Well this was 3 weeks ago. Sure they should have recieved it by now. Well I called the main 1-800 line for SSA and they told me that the change has not been made and it takes 2 weeks for them to make the change and send all documents back. She asked me where I sent it and I told her the one in Chicago on Lawrence and asked her for their number. She gave it to me. I called them and asked the girl about my documents and she said they haven’t received anything and that once they receive it, it will take 10-17 weeks to verify the birth certificate.”
My friend is concerned because 10-17 weeks would make her taxes late. We suggested going down to the SSA office but she feels this would be pointless since they say they haven’t received her birth certificate yet.
Any advise? Anybody know what to do about this? THANKS LADIES!
EDIT: She hadn’t gone there in person because her car was buried in the snow for 3 weeks.
Post # 3
If she doesn’t have another original birth certificate, it might be time to request a new one. My mom had mine somewhere and couldn’t find it, so I had to request a new one. I think it took 2 weeks to arrive. I would get another original birth certificate and personally go down the SSA office to get the issue resolved in person.
Edit: I’m not a lawyer… just sharing my experience.
Post # 4
@EvaBostonTerrier: Thanks, it is appreciated! That is a really good idea too =)
(I’m copy/pasting the responses to her. Since I work with her, don’t really want her to know my bee name…)
Post # 7
**This is not legal advice. I do not practice in your state, nor in the area of tax. No attorney/client relationship exists. This is just my personal opinion of what I’d do if it were me in this situation.**
I think if I were her, I’d get another copy of my birth certificate and take care of this in person (like EvaBostonTerrier said). In the meantime, I’d also file a 4868 (Extention of Time to File) with the IRS to get an additional six months to file the income tax return.
She needs to know though that the extension is an extension of time to FILE, not to pay, so she still needs to do her return to see if she owes and will have to send in the payment by April 18 if she does. She also needs to check to see what she will need to do to get an extenstion of her state and local return
Post # 9
Can she file for an extension on her taxes until she gets this figured out?
Post # 10
It seems like she should be able to get a tax extension for this. I would look into that. Might take some of the pressure off!
Post # 11
@Neva: I agree with, but if your friends get an extention for filing her taxes she also needs to file an extention to pay taxes is she owes taxes. If your friend owed taxes and got an extention to file but not pay, she could be subject to penalties and fines on the taxes owed but not paid.
The about article is a little old but explains the procedure for getting extentions to file.
Note: This is not legal advice and I do practice tax but I don’t practice in your state.