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Social Security Switch - Need "Official Signature"?

Hi all - I have a weird issue and I can't figure out what I need to do.

Ending in Oct 2014, I was in Zurich for 3 years. Paid Swiss taxes; filed in the US but never had to pay anything extra since I made under the exemption. I also had a few small contracts in the US and paid my US taxes on those.

Here's the issue: I'm now back in the US and have a contract for work from my previous, Swiss employer. Their HR/accounting department is asking for an official, signed letter from my "social security authorities in Washington" which guarantees that I am back in the US system and don't need to pay Swiss Social Security.

I've tried to explain that I never "left" the US system, but that isn't going anywhere. Since I've never dealt with anything like this on the US side I don't even know who I would call for such a thing. Just ring up the front desk of Social Security?
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Re: Social Security Switch - Need "Official Signature"?

While I agree that this seems like an obvious first step, my suspicions were just confirmed (after 30 minutes on hold). The person who finally answered the phone was as confused as I am and told me they only handle benefit claims/verifications. This was the direct "contact Social Security" line. She thought maybe I needed proof of citizenship. (I do not...)
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You get social security statements on an annual basis don't you? Whacky greenish fold-out documents showing your contributions to date? Is there contact details on there?
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Old 02.12.2014, 16:46
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You get social security statements on an annual basis don't you? Whacky greenish fold-out documents showing your contributions to date? Is there contact details on there?
They discontinued that a few years back to save money. Supposedly they will start sending again in 2015, because it created more headaches and work for the staff that were left to keep answering all the questions.

OP - Maybe send them a copy of this link to the IRS? It clearly states if you're working in the U.S. you are obligated to pay Social Security (there are a few exceptions, but it's the norm).

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Inter...elf-Employment

If that doesn't work, maybe fish around here for some helpful info:
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/international/

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They discontinued that a few years back to save money.
I'm glad you pointed that out. After reading Connery's post, I started thinking: "Hmmm... come to think of it I haven't seen one of those in a few years," which got me worried a bit.

The odd thing is that the person working with me in Switzerland is actually an American, knows the American system, and has worked with several other Americans who returned to the US and were able to get this signed and stamped... But she doesn't know how or where they did it. I'm just going to show up at the SS building and see what happens.
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