Why It’s Important to Report Life Changes to UsReading Time: 2 Minutes
Last Updated: August 2, 2022
Did you know that certain life changes can affect your benefits? Sometimes your circumstances may change after you apply for or begin to receive benefits. When that happens, it’s important for you to tell us about these changes. This will ensure that you receive the benefits to which you’re entitled.
Types of Changes to Report if You Have Applied For or Receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits
Common changes you must report to us include:
- Changes in your earnings.
- Starting, stopping, or changing jobs or the hours you work.
- Changing your address or who lives with you in your household.
- Changing your direct deposit.
- Keeping more than $2,000 if you are single or $3,000 if you are married in financial accounts.
- Buying property or selling property that you own.
For a complete list of reporting responsibilities for all our programs, please read the following publications:
- Disability Benefits: What You Need to Know When You Get Social Security Disability Benefits.
- Retirement or Survivors Benefits: What You Need to Know When You Get Retirement or Survivors Benefits.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI): What You Need to Know When You Get Supplemental Security Income.
How to Report Changes in Wages
You can conveniently report your wages using our:
- Free SSA Mobile Wage Reporting app for smartphones.
- my Social Security Online Wage Reporting Tool. A personal my Social Security account is the easiest way to report changes. If you don’t have a personal my Social Security account, create one today.
Be sure to sign up for monthly SSI wage reporting emails or text reminders. If you prefer, you may also report changes by:
- Calling toll free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).
- Visiting or writing your local Social Security Office.
Report Changes in a Timely Manner
You may be due additional payments or be overpaid and must pay us back because you did not report the change in a timely manner.
The SSI program may apply a penalty that’ll reduce your benefits if you fail to report a change. You may also be penalized if you report the change later than 10 days after the end of the month in which the change occurred. If you fail to report changes in a timely way, or if you intentionally make a false statement, we may stop your disability, retirement, or SSI benefits.
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