Social Security Web Services Target Needs of Small Business Owners

Social Security Web Services Target Needs of Small Business Owners
by Jeanette Watkins
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Baltimore MD

If you are an American business entrepreneur, you should know about the fast and secure online business services that are available through Social Security to lighten your paperwork burdens.
The Business Services Online (BSO) webpage at www.socialsecurity.gov/bso lets you conduct business with Social Security online in a secure environment. All users, in fact, must register to use the website and a password is required to actually conduct business.
What can users actually do at the BSO website? Here's a sample.
File W-2 Reports Electronically
Among the most useful services is a way in which businesses can report wages online instead of on paper. Users of this service simply log in and select the option for creating wage reports online.
The instructions explain how to print the W-2s to give to employees, plus copies of the W-3 and W-2s for the business owner's records. When the actual online report is submitted, an electronic receipt is created, complete with the filing date and time.
Verify Social Security Numbers Online
Two Internet verification options allow employers to verify that workers' names and Social Security numbers match Social Security's records for wage reporting purposes only. Employers can:
* Verify up to 10 names and Social Security numbers (per screen) online and receive immediate results. This option is ideal for verifying new hires; or
* Upload as many as 250,000 names and Social Security numbers in overnight files and usually receive the results on the next government business day. This option is ideal if you want to verify an entire payroll database or if you hire a large number of workers at a time.
It is important as an employer to make sure your employees' wages are being reported under the correct Social Security numbers - and these services make the verification process simple.
This year join the thousands of business owners and entrepreneurs who already save themselves valuable time and effort by doing business with Social Security online. Visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov/bso to get started.