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Getting Two SSI Payments in One Month

December 8, 2022 • By

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Last Updated: December 8, 2022

woman in a wheelchair going down a sidewalkFor most months in the year, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients get their SSI payment on the first day of the month. But when the first day of the month falls on the weekend or a Federal holiday, you receive your SSI payment on the last business day before the first day of the month. That means you may get two SSI payments in the same month.

We do this to avoid putting you at a financial disadvantage and make sure that you don’t have to wait beyond the first of the month to get your payment. It does not mean that you are receiving a duplicate payment in the previous month, so you do not need to contact us to report the second payment.

Below is an example of how this will work in January 2023. January 1, 2023 is the Federal holiday of New Year’s Day (it also happens to be a Sunday), so we will not issue your payment on January 1. Since December 31 is a Saturday—and we don’t issue a payment on a weekend—we will issue your SSI payment for the month of January on December 30, 2022. In this example, you get two SSI payments in December.

Example chart of two SSI payments in the same month

The first December payment, on December 1, is your regularly scheduled payment for December. The second December payment, on December 30, 2022, is your SSI payment for the month of January. You will not get an SSI payment in January because you received it in December.

On our website, we provide a Schedule of Social Security Benefit Payments for the current and upcoming calendar year.

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  1. Traveon h.

    I never received my son Benefit
    check for December which comes in january and I did not receive 2 checks in December only one on the 22 nd so they missed his December payment in January I have not received anything

    Reply
    • Ann C.

      Hi, Traveon. We are sorry to hear that. For your son’s security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this is resolved soon.

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  2. Eric J.

    My bank says that my SSI check was expected today on the 30th. It did not post this morning. I was wondering if there is any difference this month than the scheduled calendar date of arrival? Will I get it any earlier or on February 1 like normal?

    Reply
    • Ann C.

      Hi, Eric. Thanks for visiting our blog. If you do not receive your electronic payment on the scheduled pay date, please contact your bank or financial institution first. If you still need to report a late, missing, or stolen Social Security payment, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions. We hope this helps. 

      Reply
  3. Gary

    If you have two more Back pay checks coming in one fit to come the first of March and you have issue are you able to get it early since it’s already owed to u??

    Reply
    • Ann C.

      Hi, Gary. Thanks for visiting our blog. Unfortunately, your question is a bit more complex than we can handle in this forum. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

      Reply
  4. glenda s.

    Why has my boyfriend not received his check on the 4th Wednesday again?

    Reply
    • Ann C.

      Hi, Glenda. Thanks for your question. If your boyfriend did not receive his electronic payment on the scheduled pay date, he should contact his bank or financial institution first. If he still needs to report a late, missing, or stolen Social Security payment, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions. Thanks!

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      • Traveon h.

        My son didn’t receive his survivors benefits check in the mail on Jan 25 th and he didn’t receive 2 checks in the mail in December just his regular check so how can they skip a payment month

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  5. Santos R.

    I need to be able to pay my rent on the 1st of the month is there anyway SSA can send my funds earlier. My landlord is threatening to evict us from the mobile home park we live in if we don’t send the rent in on time? It would help if it gets sent on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Santos. We are sorry to hear about your situation. No, you cannot change your payment date. It is based on the birthday of the person on whose record you receive benefits. For more information, visit here. We hope this helps. 

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  6. Lucy G.

    why some people on social security get a stimulus check and other dont get nothing

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  7. Guenter S.

    We are receiving our payments on the third Wednesday of every month which is REALLY bad BECAUSE that could fall the earliest on the 15th but as late as on the 21st of the month !!!! Can I change that to the first or last day of every month ????
    That 5-6 day difference is REALLY bad !!!

    Reply
    • Ann C.

      Hi, Guenter. Thanks for visiting our blog. No, you cannot change your payment date. It is based on the birthday of the person on whose record you receive benefits. For more information, visit here. We hope this helps. 

      Reply
  8. LYNN S.

    RECEIVED 2ND CHECK IN DECEMBER, THOUGHT IT WAS A STIMULAS CHECK. NO LETTER, NOTHING STATING WHAT THIS WAS ABOUT!! MY BILLS COMES OUT 4TH WEDNESDAY EVERY MONTH. DIDN’T FIND OUT UNTIL AFTER THE FACT THAT 2 CHECKS WAS SENT OUT!! NOW WON’T GET PAID UNTIL MAYBE 3RD FEBRUARY OR 3 WEDNESDAY EVERY OF FEBRUARY!! CAN’T CALL SSI TO FIND OUT WHEN I GET PAID!!

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