The Data Protection Act requires us to inform you that we are entitled to collect this information until Section 233 of the Social Security Act. Although it is not mandatory for you to provide the information to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a coverage certificate can only be issued if an application has been received. The information is necessary to enable the SSA to determine whether, in accordance with an international agreement, the work should only be covered by the U.S. social security system. Without the certificate, work can be taxed in both the United States and foreign social security schemes. As a general rule, individuals should only take action on totalization benefits under an agreement when they are willing to apply for a pension, survival or disability. A person wishing to introduce a entitlement to benefits as part of a totalization agreement can do so with any social security agency in the United States or abroad. Some of these programs are funded by agreements in specific sectors of the industry and others are funded by various foreign institutions. Any foreigner wishing to apply for an exemption from U.S.
Social Security and Medicare taxes on the basis of a totalization agreement must obtain an insurance certificate from the social security authority of his country of origin and present such proof of insurance to his employer in the United States, in accordance with procedures 80-56, 84-54 and Ruling 92-9. An alternative procedure is provided in these revenue procedures for a foreigner who is unable to obtain a certificate of coverage from his country of origin. Persons to whom the provisions of this Convention apply have the same rights and obligations under the social security legislation of each contracting state, under the same conditions as if they are exclusively covered by the social security legislation of that state, whether they reside in the territory of a contracting state or in a third state. An agreement that will enter into force on November 1, 1978 between the United States and Italy improves the protection of social security for people who work or have worked in both countries. It helps many people who, in the absence of the agreement, would not be entitled to monthly pension, disability or survival benefits under the social security system of one or both countries. It also helps people who would otherwise have to pay social security contributions to the two countries with the same incomes.