TN 2 (09-20)
An individual’s earnings discrepancy request is considered abandoned when they prevent
reconciliation of their earnings record by one of the following:
The individual refused to permit the field office (FO) to disclose their name to an
employer where necessary.
The individual refused to produce all obtainable and/or available evidence.
When an earnings discrepancy request is abandoned by the requester, process the earnings
discrepancy per the applicable instructions below:
Approve any acceptable determination on Form SSA-553 prepared by the FO.
NOTE: Do not prepare a determination if there is none with the case. The closeout
letter will serve as the determination.
Prepare a closeout letter to the individual. Include all applicable paragraphs with
regard to the amount of their earnings. Also, inform the individual of the reason
for determining they are not entitled to a revision of the earnings record.
Approve or prepare an acceptable determination on Form SSA-553, or annotate evidence
to this effect.
Prepare a closeout letter to inform the individual the reason why we determined they
are not entitled to a revision of their earnings record.
If evidence was submitted, approve or prepare a short determination on Form SSA-553
explaining the statute of limitations and the reason(s) why no adjustments can be
made, or annotate any evidence to this effect.
Write a closeout letter to the individual, including an appropriate barred period
NOTE: Request the FO to contact IRS about self-employment (SEI) that cannot be located
if the Office of Central Operations (OCO) records show SEI posted for other years,
although the taxpayer was uncooperative and abandoned their case.