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Does a change in income impact my SSI benefits?

On Behalf of | Aug 15, 2019 | Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Apart from the disabling issues an Oklahoman is suffering from, Supplemental Security Income is largely based on how much the applicant earns. If the income and resources are deemed to be below a certain level, the SSI benefits can be provided. Income can change the amount a person gets for their SSI benefits. Understanding the requirements for reporting a change in income for the individual or a member of the household is a fundamental part of an SSI case.

When an SSI recipient is earning income in addition to the SSI benefits, the Social Security Administration must be informed. If there are changes, the SSA must be told of this as well. It does not necessarily need to be an increase in the income to be reported. It is important that the SSI recipient tell the SSA about the income change immediately.

Wages the person earns should be reported monthly. In addition, if family members who live in the home have changes to their income, these too must be reported to the SSA. The wages must be reported every month so there is an accurate gauge of what the SSI benefits should be. A person who is married and getting SSI must tell the SSA of changes to the spouse’s income.

If there is a child younger than 18 in the household and that person is receiving SSI, changes to the child’s income, the parent’s income, the spouse’s income or the income of a child who lives there but does not get SSI must all be reported. The SSA must also know if a child who lives in the residence and is not receiving SSI gets married, and if a child who works or is between 18 and 22 years old begins or stops going to school on a full-time basis.

Because SSI is based on resources, income must be reported to the SSA. When there is confusion or an issue with reporting income, having legal assistance is crucial. A law firm that understands all aspects of SSI Supplemental Security Income from the application to retaining benefits to appeals should be called for representation to deal with any issue that arises with a claim.