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Term Details - Social Security Number (SSN)

Social Security Number. A number issued to citizens, permanent residents and temporary (working) residents under section 205(c)(2) of the Social Security Act (http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/ssact/comp-toc.htm) by the Social Security Administration. It's primary purpose is tracking working individuals for taxation purposes and to track Social Security benefits.

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Last Edited: December 3rd, 2010