If you are a Social Security disability beneficiary and receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, or both, and you are working—even if it is just part time—you are required to report your gross wages to the Social Security Administration (SSA) on a monthly basis. The SSA says: “You should consistently report wages during the first six days of the month to help prevent overpayments and underpayments.” If you receive an overpayment, you will likely have to repay those benefits to Social Security.
Reporting methods differ depending on the type of benefit you receive.
For SSI, the easiest methods for reporting your wages are either by phone using the SSA’s automated phone system at 866-772-0953, or by using Social Security’s SSI Mobile Wage Reporting App. You can download this free app from the Apple App Store (for iPhone users) or Google Play (for Android phone users). Before you can use the app, you must notify SSA of your new employer so they can add them into their system. If you opt not to use the phone or mobile app, then you must mail, fax, or take your paystubs to your local SSA office.
For SSDI, you can report your earnings each month through a my Social Security website account. To create a new account, or to access a current account, visit www.ssa.gov/myaccount. When you first report using a my Social Security account, you must have the Employer’s Identification Number (EIN). The EIN may appear on paystubs and W-2 forms, or you may need to ask your employer for it. If you are not able to take advantage of the my Social Security website, you must mail, fax, or take your paystubs to your local SSA office. It is a good idea to set an advance appointment with your SSA office, if possible.
Here are few additional things you need to know about wage reporting: