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Social Security Update
January 2011
In This Issue:

Carolyn W. Colvin Sworn in as Deputy Commissioner of Social Security

Carolyn W. ColvinEarlier this month, Carolyn W. Colvin joined the agency as Deputy Commissioner for Social Security.

“Carolyn brings a wealth of expertise that will be extremely valuable as we face the dual challenges of ever increasing workloads and reducing current backlogs in an environment of fiscal austerity.” said Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security.

Nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate, Ms. Colvin will serve as the principal deputy to the Commissioner, as well as the Secretary to the Social Security Board of Trustees. She previously worked at the agency, holding key executive positions. Social Security welcomes her back to the nation’s largest independent Federal agency.

“I’m very excited to be back at Social Security,” said Deputy Commissioner Colvin. “I look forward to working closely with Commissioner Astrue.”

Learn more about Social Security’s new Deputy Commissioner by reading the press release.

Social Security Tax drops from 6.2 to 4.2 Percent

Social Security Tax drops from 6.2 to 4.2 PercentFor 2011, the Social Security tax rate is 4.2 percent for employees, 6.2 percent for employers, and 10.4 percent for self-employed people. These rates apply to earnings up to the maximum taxable amount ($106,800 in 2011).

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 reduced 2011 Social Security tax rates for employees and self-employed people by two percentage points.

Learn more about the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 at the White House website.

Replace 1099s Online

IRS logoMillions of taxpayers are busy gathering the forms and documents they need to file their Federal, State, and local tax returns.

Social Security will mail SSA-1099s for tax year 2010 by the end of January 2011. If you or one of your clients receive Social Security benefits and did not receive an SSA-1099 for 2010, but need it to file a tax return, you can request a replacement online at

For more information on taxation of Social Security benefits, visit the IRS website at

Businesses: File W-2s Online

Business Services Online LogoIf you or one of your clients owns a business with employees, the law requires you to file W-2 forms each year for them. Social Security offers a fast, convenient, and paperless way to file W-2s online.

Social Security’s free electronic filing option is available for any small business, and allows you to prepare and submit up to 20 W-2s (per report) over a secure Internet service. The service even allows employers to print out paper W-2 forms to give to employees. To learn more, visit Social Security’s Business Services Online at

Comment on our Regulations

Business Services Online LogoIn response to President Obama’s executive order on improving regulations and regulatory review, Social Security is inviting people to provide direct feedback on its rules and regulations. 

Social Security’s program rules are available online and may be accessed at There, you will find complete information about Social Security’s laws, regulations, rulings, and employee operating instructions.
Ideas and comments may be emailed to

For information about what Social Security is doing to improve its regulations and how the agency will implement the President’s executive order, go to the Open Government website:

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