Totalization Agreement Us And Mexico

Comments: The SSA`s Office of the Actuary Chief (OCACT) now bases its estimates on the relationship between known data prior to the implementation of an agreement and the real impact of implementing the agreements that have come into force in recent years. OCACT used real-world experience information to expand the database of available data, update and improve the estimation methods that reinforced its projections. If you have any questions about international social security agreements, please contact the Office of International Social Security Programs at 410-965-3322 or 410-965-7306. However, do not call these numbers if you want to inquire about a right to an individual benefit. These international social security agreements are called "totalization agreements" and have two main objectives: agreements and administrative arrangements, both signed in Guadalajara on 29 June 2004. The agreement must be submitted to the U.S. Congress and the Mexican Senate for consideration before it enters into force. For more information on these totalization agreements, see www.socialsecurity.gov/international/. This agreement may be amended by endorsements considered to be an integral part of this agreement. Help fill the gaps in benefit protection for workers who have shared their careers between the United States and another country but have not worked long enough in one or both countries to qualify for social benefits. Totalization allows workers to combine work credits from both countries to receive benefits.

The amount of the benefit paid is proportional to the amount of credits acquired in the paying country. Totalization agreements promote international trade, protect benefits for people who have worked abroad, and eliminate double social security taxes paid by employers and their workers while working and residing in countries where social security systems are parallel. As Mexicans are thought to account for a large portion of the millions of unauthorized workers in the United States, a totalization agreement with Mexico has raised concerns that they would be eligible for social benefits again. In order to shed light on the potential impact, the GAO was asked to describe (1) the processes of the Social Security Administration (SSA) for the development of the agreement with Mexico, (2) to explain how the agreement could have an impact on the payment of benefits to Mexican citizens and (3) to assess the cost of such an agreement. TSCL is concerned about the financial impact that a totalization agreement with Mexico would have on social security, because millions of people have worked there illegally. Under current legislation, the Social Security Administration uses all income to determine the right to benefits, even if the jobs were treated illegally under invalid or fraudulent social security numbers. According to the latest TSCL Senior Surveys, 87% of seniors believe that the government should do more to prohibit the payment of social security benefits on the basis of illegal work.