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History of the Social Security Number

How the social security number evolved from being used to collect taxes to an Internal Passport ID number

  How the Social Security number evolved from being a number used by the government to collect taxes to a number used by the American police state as an internal passport number that you need to get a job, a drivers license, or a passport.

The first Federal income tax was enacted in 1894, it was quickly challenged and in 1895 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional because it was a direct tax not apportioned according to the population of each state.

The sixteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States gave the United States government the power to tax income. It was ratificated on February 3, 1913. It reads:

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.
Social Security numbers were not invented for another 22 years in 1935. And it took 48 years in 1961 for Social Security Numbers to be used to keep track of your income tax. In the first 43 years of the income tax the IRS used your NAME to keep track of your income tax.

The first income tax was very low. It was only 1% of your income. And it only taxed rich people who made over $3,000. Adjusted for inflation a person making $3,000 in 1913 would be failry well off today and make $57,000 in 2004 dollars. The maximun income tax rate was 7 percent for taxpayers with income in excess of $500,000. Less than 1 percent of the population paid income tax at the time. Here are some income tax forms from 1913. Read them and weep. You will say damn I wish income tax was that low now.

When income tax was debated in congress some congress members argued that a cap should be put on the maxinun income tax of 10%. They though that a tax of 10% would be outragous. Too bad that didn't happen! In 2004 the tax rate of a person even making mininum wage is 10%. In 2004 a well off person making $57,000 pays 25%. In 2004 a person making over $319,100 pays 35%. And that is only the INCOME TAX. When you add in Social Security taxes, state income taxes, sales taxes even a person making mininun wage is paying a third of their income to the government. According to the folks at the Tax Foundation all the money you made in 2005 up till April 16 1 goes to the government. They call it "Tax Freedom Day".

The Social Security police state ID number didn't come about for another 22 years after income tax was invented. The Social Security Act was signed into law on August 14, 1935. Back then you only had to pay pay 1% of the first $3,000 of your yearly income. In 2004 dollars that would be 1% of the first $40,770 earned. But the FICA tax in 2005 has increased almost 8 times the orginal 1% rate and is 7.65%. And instead of only paying the FICA tax on the first $40,770 ($3,000 adjusted for inflation) you pay it on income up over twice times that of $90,000. Which means the FICA taxes has effectively been increased 16 times in size over it's orginal 1% tax on a max of $3,000.

In November, 1936 the first Social Security card was issued. You just filled out an application to get it. You could apply for one by the mail. And you didn't need to prove who you were or provide any identification documents.

Back in those days when you got a job you didn't have to show anyone the card. You only had to tell your employeer your SSN so it could be used to withhold your social security taxes.

The public and legislators were immediately suspicious and distrustful of this using the SSN as a tracking system fearing that the SSN would quickly become a system containing vast amounts of personal information, such as race, religion and family history, that could be used by the government to track down and control the action of citizens. Public concern over the potential for abuse inherent in the SSN tracking system was so high, that in an effort to dispel public concern the first regulation issued by the Social Security Board declared that the SSN was for the exclusive use of the Social Security system.

In 1935 when the Social Security Number was invented it was not tied to the IRS's income tax system. Social Security was a stand alone system totally apart from the income tax system run by the Internal Revenue Service.

In 1943 the withholding tax on wages was introduced. The United States government was now forcing employers to collect the income tax from their employees. This made it much harder for the common man on the street to prevent Uncle Sam from stealing his hard earned money. And please note that at this point in time the SSN was not used for collecting income tax. Prior to this people who paid their income taxe in a lump sum on April 15 of every year. And please note again at this point in time the SSN was used only for collecting Social Security taxes. It was not tied to the income tax.

For income tax in 1942 the use of a SSN was optional. In 1946 it became mandatory.

In 1946 the Social Security cards started saying

In 1961 the Internal Revenue Service began using Social Security numbers as taxpayer ID numbers (TIN). Therefore, SSNs are required on records of transactions in which the IRS is interested. That includes most banking, stock market, property or other financial transactions as well as employment records.

In 1972 the government admitted its plans to use the SS number for the national police state id number and the legend

was removed from the Social Security Card.

In 1974 the feds said that states could not require you to give your SS number for many things such as a drivers license. But much of that has changed.

The Privacy Act of 1974 requires all government agencies -- federal, state and local -- that request SSNs to provide a "disclosure" statement on the form. The statement explains if you are required to provide your Social Security number or if it is optional, how the SSN will be used, and under what statutory or other authority the number is requested (5 USC 552a, note). The U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) provides guidance and oversight regarding the Privacy Act of 1974. The text of the Privacy Act can be found at the website

this was probably around before/after jan 28, 1986 because that is when the space shuttle blew up. after if i was at honeywell, and before if i was at sperry

In xxxx they stopped the practice of issuing Social Security card to anybody that applied. Children had to provide a copy of their birth certificates and could get a number by mail. The process for adults was made very difficult and you had to do it in person and provide a government issued photo id.

In xxxx the police state expanded under the guise of keeping Mexicans from getting jobs. When every you got a job you had to provide a social security card and some identity documents to your employeer to prove that you were allowed to work in the USA. The employeer is required to Xerox the documents. The documents are things like drivers license, passport.

In xxxx it became mandatory to have a social security number to get a passport.

In xxxx the feds passed a law allowing states to use Social Security Numbers for driver's license numbers.

In 2004 and 2005 the feds are talking about making a person prove they are a citizen before allowing a state to issued them a drivers license. Of course they want to tie in that SS number into the process somehow.

In 2005 the feds passed laws that require a Americans to have a passport to return to the USA after visiting Mexico, Canada and a number of other close by countries which now don't require any documents to either visit from the USA or return home to the USA. These laws won't go into effect for a few years. But effectively it makes America a police state where the number tattoted on your head by the government is your social security number because you have to have a SS number to get a passport.

In 2005 this USA Today article written in May said the Federal Government was taking about requiring a Social Security Number to get a drivers license. It would require that the states demand a social security number and that the social security number be verified before the state could issue a drivers license.

In xxxx the feds required land based phone to tell your location to the police with caller id

In xxxx the feds required cellular phones to tell your location to the police with caller id

In xxxx employeers were allowed to verify a persons SSN on the web. Prior to this employeers could not verify if the social security number you gave them was valid, or even it it was your social security number.

There are two Internet verification options you can use to verify that your employee names and Social Security numbers match Social Security’s records. You can:

Verify up to 10 names and SSNs (per screen) online and receive immediate results. This option is ideal to verify new hires.


Upload batch files of up to 250,000 names and SSNs and usually receive results the next government business day. This option is ideal if you want to verify an entire payroll data base or if you hire a large number of workers at a time.

In xxxx employeers were allowed to verify a persons SSN with a telephone call. Prior to this employeers could not verify if the social security number you gave them was valid, or even it it was your social security number.

To verify names/SSNs ( up to 5 for free) - Just call the ENUMERATION VERIFICATION SERVICE toll-free number for employers only - 800-772-6270 weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (They'll ask for your EIN number)

Social Security Numbers are not reused after a person dies. Doesn't that make you think it is part of the plan for a police state internal passport number?

Q20: Are Social Security numbers reused after a person dies?

A: No. We do not reassign a Social Security number (SSN) after the number holder's death. Even though we have issued over 415 million SSNs so far, and we assign about 5 and one-half million new numbers a year, the current numbering system will provide us with enough new numbers for several generations into the future with no changes in the numbering system.

Think about this and add all the other items on how the social security number has become the number of the american police state

Doesn't this make you think the SSN is the number of the police state?

The Death Master File is publicly available from the Social Security Administration (SSA) for a little under $1,800 for a single issue ($6,900 for a quarterly subscription with monthly updates). Anyone can buy 60 million electronic records from the SSA on all Americans (and others with SSNs) that have died. These records contain important personal identifiable information, including the name, social security number, date of birth, date of death, state or country of residence, ZIP code of last residence, and ZIP code of lump sum payment to the decedent's beneficiary. These records are also accessible for free on the web at places like The records have over a 3% error rate, and provide information chiefly on those who died after 1960.

Still think the Social Security Number isn't the police state number

How To Get A Number And Card To get an original number and card, you'll need to complete an Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5), and show documents that prove your age, identity, U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status.

To get an application:

Use on the Internet. Call 1-800-772-1213.
Or, visit a Social Security local office.

To get a Social Security card, you must provide original documents that show your age, identity and citizenship or lawful noncitizen status. We verify birth documents for U.S. citizens age 1 and older with the office that issued the documents. We verify Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documents for all noncitizens with DHS. You will get your number and card as soon as we have all of your information and your documents are verified.

If a government agency either federal, state, county, city o other agency asks for you social security number this site tells you what they are required to tell you when they ask for the number. The laws that define what is required is from The Privacy Act of 1974 5 U.S.C. § 552a

1April 16 is not related to the day you pay your taxes which is normally April 15. It is the number of days of the year you have to work to earn the money that you give to the government


2I have two different numbers of the orginal maximun number of dollars the FICA tax was on. The first number was $1,400 and the second number was $3,000. I beleive that the $1,400 figure was the maximun amount the President Franklin Roosevelt said he would tax. And that the $3,000 figure was the maximun amount that Congress voted to tax. Not the $3,000 figure is over twice the amount Franklin Roosevelt promised to tax. I guess Roosevelt lied. But what else is new? Government officials always lie.

I think the $3,000 figure is correct. Delete all references to the $1,400 figure