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WHAT IS MONTHLY WAGE REPORTING OBLIGATION WHEN GETTING SSI BENEFITS?

  • By:The Law Center for Social Security Rights
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People who have been approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability already know that the benefits are based on financial need. The resources a person has available will dictate what they receive in SSI benefits. To ensure that recipients are getting what they are supposed to get, it is necessary to take part in monthly wage reporting. At the start of each month, the SSI recipient will report his/her wages to the Social Security Administration as a requirement under the law. The wages may or may not affect the amount the person gets. When getting SSI benefits, there are many important requirements to keep the benefits current and accurate. Wage reporting is imperative to the process.

In general, the more money a person makes, the less he/she will receive in SSI. Failure to report wages accurately can lead to the SSA asking for money back. The following wages must be reported:

  • If it is a spouse who lives with the SSI recipient;
  • If the SSI recipient lives with a parent and is younger than 18;
  • If there are sponsors for a non-U.S. citizen even if the sponsors and the person are not living together; and
  • ┬áIf the spouse, parents or sponsors stop working, the SSA must also be informed.

Here is a list of what financial information one should report:

  • Unearned income including things like other Social Security payments, child support payments, or any other cash received that is not earned income;
  • Any gross wages/earnings and net earnings from self-employment. This includes in-kind items received in lieu of wages (like room and board);
  • In-kind support and maintenance received from others. This includes any assistance with food and shelter provided by another person; and
  • Changes in living arrangements.
  • Resources or assets received that cause.
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