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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - Return To Work

Tracking And Reporting Your Income From Salary And Wages

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Social Security has guidelines for regular reporting of work earnings, no matter how great or small.

Under Supplemental Security Income (SSI) return to work rules, your monthly benefit is reduced based on the amount you earn that month. If you don't report earnings for a particular month, you will receive an overpayment for that month that you will eventually have to return to Social Security.

If you keep track of what you earn, you can estimate the overpayment each month and set that amount aside so it will be easier to repay Social Security when the time comes. You can use the chart below to estimate your overpayment.

Click here for the SSI Benefit Calculation Chart.

The Work Activity Report: Periodically, Social Security will send you a Work Activity Report - Employee (SSA-821-F4 (7-85) to complete. As you work, it would be helpful to keep track of your income and expenses and the other information requested in the form. A few minutes of time noting this information will save you an endless amount of time trying to reconstruct it later.

To become familiar with the Work Activity Report, see: offsite link

Note: Ask your Claims Representative how frequently you should submit the Work Activity Report form. Rather than wait for Social Security to catch up and have to spend a lot of time completing a report, send it in as frequently as you are advised even if Social Security doesn't send one to you regularly. Send the form by certified mail, return receipt requested. Keep the receipt with your SSI file.

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