Not everyone receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is totally without assets. Some people in Knoxville who receive SSI are still able to make modest earnings, or they may live with an ineligible relative, such as their parents or their spouse who works. If this is the case, there are wage reporting requirements that must be followed. People in this situation, either themselves or through their representative payees, must alert the Social Security Administration (SSA) of their gross wages. This should be done consistently throughout the first six days of each month. The point of wage reporting is to ensure the recipient is not being overpaid or underpaid.
SSI payments are based on the recipient’s needs. Those who are disabled, blind or aged receive an amount that is based on the income that is available to them. In general, the more income they earn, the lower their SSI benefits will be.
There are a number of ways to report wages. First, a recipient can with visit, phone or write their area Social Security Office to report their wages. There is also a toll-free telephone number or a free smartphone app that can be used to report wages.
To use these two services, it is necessary to speak to a representative at the recipient’s area Social Security office. In addition, recipients can sign up to receive a reminder via text message or email reminding them to report their wages.
It is important to abide by the SSA’s wage reporting requirements, to ensure that your payments are correct. If you have questions about these wage reporting requirements, it may help to obtain legal advice.