If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) it is important to regularly report your wages to prevent incorrect benefit payments. Below is helpful information about SSI wage reporting.
Who Needs to Report Wages?
Wage reporting is required by anyone who receives SSI benefits and lives with someone such as a spouse, or parent who is not eligible for benefits and either one or both people work.
How Often do Wages Need to Be Reported?
Wages should be reported to the SSA within the first six days of every month for which you are receiving benefits. This helps to prevent incorrect payments.
Reporting Wages by Phone
One way to report your wages is by phone. To do so, you can use the Supplemental Security Income Telephone Wage Reporting (SSITWR) system. This toll-free automated system enables you or a representative of your choice to report the household’s gross monthly income for the prior month over the phone. All you need to do is follow the simple automated prompts.
Reporting Wages by Mobile App
The SSA also has a mobile application for reporting wages. The SSITWR app allows users to to report the gross income for the previous month via their mobile device. Users can download and install the app on the device of their choice. There are downloads for both Apple and Android users.
Not all SSI recipients can use one of the above methods. It is important to check with the SSA first to see if this is an option for you. If you can use one of them, the SSA will provide you with the proper information, worksheets, and instructions. Before you can report your wages by one of these methods, you must have the following information available:
1) The Social Security number of whomever is making the wage report
2) The wage earner’s Social Security number
3) The wage earner’s total monthly income The caller or mobile app user’s name as it is shown on their Social Security card.
Other ways to Report Wages
If you are not eligible to report your wages in one of the above ways or if you prefer not to, you can report the following information to the SSA:
1) The gross monthly wage of the household for the previous month
2) The name of the wage earner
3) The wage earner’s Social Security number
4) The name and Social Security number of the person who earns the SSI benefit
Monthly wage information can be reported in the following ways:
1) Sending a fax
2) Mailing a letter
3) Phoning your local SSA office
4) Going to your local SSA office in person
If you have questions regarding reporting your wages for SSI, contact Fred London Law today.