Why We Need Your Social Security Number
and How We Use It

The federal Social Security Act requires that you give us your social security number. It will be used to verify your identity, locate your employer(s) and wages, determine other income, determine eligibility, keep a record of your benefit payments and to gather statistics. We use a matching program to verify your social security number with the Social Security Administration. If you do not provide your social security number, we cannot take your claim.

The authority to require your social security number is found under Internal Revenue Code of 1954, 26 U.S.C. 85, Sections 6011(a), 6050(b), 6109(a), P.L. 98-369, Section 1137(a)(1) and under Wisconsin Statute Section 108.04(2)(e).

Personal information you provide may be used for secondary purposes [Privacy Law, s. 15.04(1)(m), Wis. Stats.]. In addition to reporting your income from unemployment to the IRS and WI Dept. of Revenue, we also share information about your claim with other federal and state agencies to help them determine your eligibility for or amounts of benefits payable under their programs. Some of those programs include General Assistance, Food Stamps, Wisconsin Works (W-2), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Medicaid.


Updated: October 1, 2012

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