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When does Social Security update?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) receives information about your income.  It can be found on ssa.gov If income is displayed on ssa.gov, the only thing it means is that SSA has received information about your income. Not all income is reported to the SSA. Here is how it updates and where the information comes from:

–Wages reported on W-2’s are sent directly to the SSA from employers. Then from there, the SSA sends it to the IRS weekly on Fridays. If your income from wages is displayed on ssa.gov, the only thing it means is that SSA has received the information from an employer if you had a W2.

The amount shown on ssa.gov may match your taxable income, i.e. Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on your return, but it might not match in cases where you had additional types of income or more than one W-2.

–In the case you had multiple W2s, it might not all be there until all employers have submitted the information to SSA.

–Or in the case you had additional taxable income, such as that on a 1099, the SSA receives that information differently than wages.

With 1099’s, those are sent directly from the Payer to the IRS, not to SSA. In the case that you are self-employed and/or you only have 1099s and if taxable income shows on ssa.gov, that means you are somewhere processing. It does not mean that your tax return is fine or complete.

Taxable income from self-employment typically doesn’t show on ssa.gov until mid-year.

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