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Do I need to report my income when I get SSI benefits?

Tennesseans who receive Supplemental Security Income may know that the program is designed for those who are aged, blind or disabled and in financial need. Since the program is based on how much money the recipient has available, there are certain requirements when it comes to reporting wages. Failing to adhere to these requirements could result in the loss of benefits under this Social Security disability program.

At the beginning of every month, the SSI recipient will report his or her earnings to the Social Security Administration. Expenses that the person pays to be able to work are also factored in. The more money a recipient makes, the less SSI benefits there will be. If the person received more than what he or she is entitled to, it must be repaid. Other wages or income sources might also need to be reported. If the person lives with a spouse, that person's income must be reported. A recipient who is under 18 and lives with his or her parents must report their income. If the person is not a citizen of the U.S. and has sponsors, their income must be reported even if the person does not live with the sponsors. When these people stop working, this must also be reported.

The SSI recipient is required to report his or her monthly wages and the wages of anyone else who falls into the above categories. If the recipient has a representative payee to assist them, the representative payee is the one who must report the recipient's wages. The wages can be reported via telephone or mobile phone. If that is not possible, it can be done by mail, fax, or by bringing the pay stubs to the local Social Security office. All pay -- overtime, bonuses and vacation pay -- must be reported in addition to regular wages. The report must be provided no later than the 10th day of every month.

Disabled individuals who are approved for SSI need to be cognizant of the various necessities to maintain their benefits. This includes income reporting. If there is an issue with income reporting or any other problem related to SSI benefits, a lawyer who is experienced in Social Security disability cases may be able to provide assistance.

Source: ssa.gov, "Reporting Wages When You Receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)," accessed on Feb. 27, 2017

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