Do you check the client’s proffered Social Security number against the number on their tax return? I’d never thought to do so til my partner returned from a 341 meeting with this story. She was sitting waiting for our client’s turn at a first meeting of creditors when the trustee asked a debtor about the fact that the Social Security number on the petition didn’t match the number on the paystubs provided to the trustee. “Oh,” says the debtor gesturing to the paystubs, “that’s the Social Security number I work under”!
I would never have considered that a debtor would use two different Social Security numbers without a thought. Yet they apparently do. With this experience, I have added the need to check the Social Security number against the tax return to my list of pre filing checks.