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If I have a child and elect not to get him a social security number, will he still be required to pay social security taxes? I am a U.S. citizen, as is he.
I'm trying to weigh the cost of not claiming him as a dependent on my tax return against this potential upside—but I want to be sure the upside is real first.
First, this is not a duplicate of How do I opt-out of the Social Security system?. That question is about opting oneself out of SS; this one is about opting a dependent out.
Second, if you find yourself more occupied about my motivations than my question, please read the following disclaimers:
- I understand that this will be inconvenient for him (and us).
- I am not trying to evade taxes or do anything illegal.
- Even if I were a nutjob tax evader, speculation and comment about such only serves to divert attention from the question at hand.
Third, a correction. A SSN is not required to get a job. Not even a non-religious/non-exempt job (See David's answer below.)
Lastly, a request. Please justify your answer. I'd like to see it in the applicable tax code, or at least on a reputable source like irs.gov. Thanks!