So I got an email from TurboTax this afternoon telling me that my federal tax return has been rejected. Reason? Invalid Social Security number. So I double checked the return. Same Social Security number I’ve been using since I started paying taxes. Same number that’s on my Social Security card. So TurboTax gave me the 800 number of the Social Security Administration so I could call to verify my number. Except that when I called, they told me that they can only verify numbers over the phone for employers, not individuals.
So tomorrow I, loyal citizen, will dutifully drive out to my local “Social Security field office” to make sure my government is still okay with this whole “existing” thing that I’ve been doing. I’d have done it today, except that like any other office whose primary motivation is serving its customers well, the hard-working folks at SSA close at 4 each afternoon.
The kicker: According to the TurboTax help forum I consulted, other people this has happened to say they were fined for filing late, even though they had actually filed on time, and it was the government’s fault that their Social Security number was rejected.