SSA receives requests from individuals and third party organizations for itemized
statements of earnings. These third party organizations may be entities such as federal
agencies, private pension plan companies and law firms.
Some private pension plans need itemized earnings information to determine:
An individual’s eligibility for a private pension benefit;
An individual’s continued eligibility to receive a pension benefit; or
The pension benefit amount.
Some law firms need itemized earnings information for litigation-related matters to
If an individual worked for a particular company; or
The amount of wages the client earned during specific years.
These pension plan companies, law firms and other entities may request a reimbursable
agreement with the written consent of the individual(s) to whom the earnings pertain,
or someone who can consent for the individual(s), by submitting Form SSA-581 (Authorization
to Obtain Earnings Data from the Social Security Administration) to us. If the NH
is not the consenting individual, proof of relationship must accompany the Form SSA-581.
Form SSA-581 complies with the IRC’s requirements for consent. For the consent requirements
applicable to the disclosure of tax return information, see GN 03305.003E.