If you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments and you are working, you must report your wages on a monthly basis. The Social Security Administration (SSA) says that “[y]ou should consistently report wages during the first six days of the month to help prevent overpayments and underpayments.”
You can now report your wages online using your computer or mobile device through the my Social Security online wage reporting tool. You must have your own my Social Security account. If you don’t have an account, it only takes a few minutes to set it up at ssa.gov/myaccount/. After you report your wages online, you’ll be able to save or print a copy of your receipt for your records. Representative payees for those receiving SSDI or SSI, and the spouse, parent, or sponsor of someone receiving SSI may also use the online tool to report wages.
The online option is in addition to the previous reporting methods of visiting, calling, or writing your local Social Security Office. Regardless of which method you use to report wages, if you receive SSI, you can sign up online to receive a monthly e-mail or text message wage reporting reminder. To sign up online, select “Sign up, here!” and enter the requested information.
Because SSI is a needs-based program for people who are aged, blind, or disabled, the amount a beneficiary can receive is based, in part, on the income available to them. Generally, the greater the income, the less the SSI payment will be.
Be sure to keep records, such as pay stubs, pay records and bank statements, to verify your earnings, if needed in the future. This chart has more information about what you must report—either as earnings from work or other income.