Friday, July 07, 2006

How do you interpret this?

Federal statute 26 USC 6109 Identifying numbers is short and sweet. It has two basic short paragraphs. If you would take a minute, read them and write what your interpration of them are, it would be greatly appreaciated.

(c) Requirement of information.
For purposes of this section, the Secretary is authorized to require such information as may be necessary to assign an identifying number to any person.

(d) Use of a social security number.
The social security account number issued to an individual for purposes of section 205(c)(2)(A) of the Social Security Act shall except as shall otherwise be specified under regulations of the Secretary be used as the identifying number for such individual for purposes of this title.


Background Information:

SSA Publication 05-100023, page 3, states applying for a social security number is voluntary.

3 Comments:

At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Jeff Pruitt said...

With the given information I would interpret as:

c)The Secretary can request any necessary information needed to prove that you are who you say you are, are a citizen, etc, in order to issue you an identification number.

d)My guess is that you're missing some commas that might help clarify - i.e. between shall except and between Secretary be

Assuming the commas are placed there, then I would say that the paragraph is stating that the SSN issued to an individual is used as their identification number for whatever document you pulled this from.

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger William Larsen said...

Jeff, there were two missing commas. Thanks for pointing this out.

"(d) Use of social security account number
The social security account number issued to an individual for purposes of section 205(c)(2)(A) of the Social Security Act shall, except as shall otherwise be specified under regulations of the Secretary, be used as the identifying number for such individual for purposes of this title. "

I interpret section (C) the same way you do.

Do you think section (D)

requires a person must have and use a social security number

or

does it mean the default identifying number for those who have a social security number is their SSN and that if the secretary so chooses, does not have to use the SSN, but is authorized to specify something else?

This topic is very important to me and I appreaciate your comments, thanks.

 
At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Jeff Pruitt said...

There is nothing in (d) that makes me interpret it as thought it

"requires a person must have and use a social security number"

I think it would be a stretch to argue that implication

I would say that your second description is closer to what I interpret the passage to mean.

 

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