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Is it illegal to live in the United States without Social Security and if so how can you report someone?

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September 13, 2011 2:41AM

No, you are not required to participate in the Social Security System.That said, most, but not all employers, require their employees to participate in the system, and therefore if you choose to work for that particular company you need to apply for a Social Security Number and use it in their employment. (Some city governments, such as my city, do not have to require all employees to participate in Social Security which is why I, on my 23rd year as a police officer, have never paid into Social Security and will never receive it.)Another class of people that choose not to participate in Social Security are some self-employed business people--if you own the company and you're the only employee you do not need to require yourself to participate in Social Security.

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Some foreigner businessmen/women who do business with US companies do not have SSN's. They Use something called ITIN's (individual taxpayer identification number) to pay taxes in the US.

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Not it is not illegal to live in the US without a SSN. It is illegal to live without the authorization of immigration laws (INS) though.

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I partly disagree with the first poster. It is illegal for an employer to hire someone in the US who doesn't have a social security card. Normally aliens who have work permits will be issued social security cards, or an alien ID card that proves their right to work. Any employer who hires a person without the supporting documents required by an I-9 is subject to fines of up to $100,000 per person. (Yes, some do it anyway and pay cash, but it's illegal.)Taxpayer ID numbers are primarily for small business owners and contractors, who are not employees.

Does every citizen have to have a Social Security card? No, but if they are going to be claimed as a dependent on their parent's income tax, or file their own income taxes, or collect most types of disability, or attend most schools, then they will need one. It's almost unfathomable that an adult US citizen would not have one.