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  • Writer's pictureStephanie O. Joy, Esq.

SSI Beneficiaries - What You MUST Report to SSA in "Real Time" To Avoid OverPayment/Loss of Benefits

Note: This article/video is for general information only and is not legal advice to any particular reader or individual. For legal advice, you must specifically retain a lawyer who evaluates your specific situation.

Thanks to NADR (National Association of Disability Representatives) for a reminder of the importance of SSI reporting - by those receiving. This really can't be emphasized too much, it is that critical.

Major point outs include:

  • Changes in income, wages, or self-employment income;

  • Starting, stopping, or changing jobs;

  • Changing your address or persons moving in or out of the household;

  • Changes in marital status (including any same-sex relationships);

  • Having more than $2,000 if you are single or $3,000 if you are married in resources that you can cash in, sell, or use to pay for food and shelter; and

  • Changes in resources, including money in financial accounts and buying or selling extra vehicles, stocks, investments, or property.

I'd also add:

  • If you become incarcerated for more than 30 days - report it. (Better yet, avoid it.)

  • If you leave the country for more than 30 days - report it.

Read more here, straight from the SSA:


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