October 13, 2017

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101317)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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  1. While catching up on some reading, I found this quite interesting. From the Spring 2017 SSA/IRS Reporter (A Newsletter for Employers):

    Improper use of deceased individuals’ Social Security numbers

    At Social Security, it’s our job to investigate whether the Social Security numbers (SSN) of deceased individuals are being misused for work purposes. We often receive reports from the entertainment industry that don’t match up with our death records.

    From 2009 to 2014, about 72 percent of wage items reported with SSNs belonging to elderly, deceased individuals came from entertainment indus­try employers. These employers were talent agencies, film companies, and talent payroll providers. They reported 24,056 wage items totaling $2.5
    million, using SSNs belonging to 4,366 deceased individuals. Our records showed the SSNs belonged to elderly people who died as early as 1951 and as late as 2009.

    The entertainment industry is truly a bastion of integrity and morality. /sarc

    It’s Friday the 13th, so piling on to Weinstein et al is allowed, isn’t it?

    Comment by Par for the Course — October 13, 2017 @ 11:10 am

  2. PFTC, that’s the Catch of the Day.

    Comment by Tom — October 13, 2017 @ 8:28 pm

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