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If you receive SSI benefits, when do you need to report changes?

The ability to receive Social Security benefits can be important for some Tennessee residents. In fact, some residents rely on these funds to meet their basic needs each and every month. Therefore, it is imperative for them to ensure that they continue to meet eligibility requirements and continually update their information. With regard to Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, a recipient is required to inform the Social Security Administration of any changes to his or her situation.

When you are a recipient of SSI benefits, when do you need to report changes? According to the Social Security website, a recipient is required to report any changes within 10 days after the change occurs. For example, if a recipient gets married, this must be reported within 10 days.

If you are unsure if a change will impact you benefits, it is still advised to report the change. The failure to timely report any changes could result in a recipient missing out on funds that he or she needs. Therefore, it is best to report any or all changes that impact a recipient's life and his or her finances. Moreover, if it is determined that false claims are made and money is received that is not due to a recipient, Social Security will require a recipient to pay back the money. This could also result in a fine, penalties and even imprisonment.

It should be noted, when providing any information to Social Security regarding any changes or updating information, specific information needs to be included in any written communication. This includes the name of the recipient, his or her Social Security number, the change being reported, the date the change becomes effective and the signature of the recipient along with the date, their address and phone number.

Because a person's life frequently changes, it is important to keep that information up to date with the Social Security Administration. Those who are unsure whether they should report a change should take steps to better understand the matter. Furthermore, if a person believes that they are not receiving the correct amount of SSI benefits, they should be aware that there are options to address and remedy this matter as well.

Source: SSA.gov, "What You Need to Know When You Get Supplemental Security Income (SSI)," accessed June 27, 2016

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