Reporting Changes to Social Security

On Behalf of | Jan 22, 2016 | General

What happens after you have won your Social Security disability benefits and something changes in your life? The Social Security Administration does require you to report any changes that will affect the amount you are receiving in benefits. Whether this change affects your eligibility, or if it would affect where you are receiving your benefits, it is up to you to report it.

Understand that by not reporting what you are legally required to, the Social Security Administration has the right to stop your benefits for a certain amount of time (six months for the first violation, twelve for the second, and 24 for the third). They can also require you to pay back any money if you should have been receiving less due to the change you did not report.

In regards to Social Security disability benefits, here is a list of potential changes that you are required to report on.

  • If you begin to work again under our trial work program
  • If you receive other benefits
  • If you move
  • If you change banks or direct deposit accounts
  • If something happens that causes you to be unable to manage your benefits
  • If you begin to earn money from a pension
  • If your marital status changes
  • If you change your name
  • Anything changes with the child you are receiving benefits for, such as adoption, temporary separation, etc.
  • Anything to do with the law, such as an outstanding warrant, conviction of a crime, or parole violation.
  • If you leave the United States for thirty days or more
  • Your citizenship status changes

Here at Davis-Morris Law Firm, we can help you even after you’ve received your benefits. We can help make sure you are receiving the proper amount of benefits, as well as with things such as reporting changes to the SSA.

Courtesy of: Social Security Administration