The Division of Earnings and Business Services (DEBS) must thoroughly review and investigate
our records to determine whether the Statute of Limitations (SOL) permits corrective
actions for the Apparent and Possible Duplicate alerts, pending since 2000.
Time limitation is a period identified by three years, three months, and 15 days after
the “year” that wages were paid. SSA refers to this period as the Statute of Limitation.
SSA considers a tax return or earnings report as timely filed if received before the
end of the time limitation. (See RS 02201.001).
NOTE: SSA considers wages in a calendar year paid or “alleged to have been paid.”
There are instances when the Office of Earnings and International Operations (OEIO)
can revise the earnings record (E/R). The legal requirements in Section 205(c) of the Act govern when you may revise an earnings record and the exceptions which permit revision
of an E/R after the time limitation, see RS 02201.008).