Small Biz and the New Immigration Rules

Some companies may be too small to receive Homeland Security's new "no-match" letters. How can they protect themselves?

Last year the Social Security Administration sent 138,000 letters to employers notifying them that certain Social Security numbers their workers submitted on their W-2 forms did not match the agency's records. The letters, which the SSA has been sending since 1994, are meant to catch errors that could ultimately prevent a worker from receiving Social Security benefits, but they're also a signal that those employees might be illegal immigrants using fraudulent numbers.

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