social security number asked for in settlement in california

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social security number asked for in settlement in california

I am about to get ready to settle my auto accident claim and the insurance want my SSN. I have accepted their offer but haven not signed anything nor provided my SSN. I do not want them to have it. Why would they need it?

Asked on December 20, 2016 under Accident Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you need to give it to them:
1) They may need it for the correct reporting of the amount for tax purposes; and
2) More importantly, a settlement is voluntary--they *choose* to settle. Since  it is voluntary, they can put any restrictions or requirements on it that they like, such as that you would have to provide them your SSN if they want it; if you refuse to do this, they can refuse to settle.

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