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Updating Social Security to Avoid Unwanted Surprises

Some surprises are great. You know, a surprise visit from your son or daughter who moved out of state, a weekend getaway with your spouse, or an unexpected gesture from a friend. But it’s just the opposite when it comes to Social Security Disability. If you’re receiving benefits, they’re going to want to hear about your changes.

Keeping Social Security informed minimizes the chances that they’ll learn about something later on that could negatively affect your benefits, and that is a surprise that you don’t want. If you fail to report any changes in your circumstances, it can result in:

  • Overpayments that you have to pay back,
  • Disrupted payments, or
  • Your entitlement to Social Security Disability benefits can be jeopardized.

What Social Security Needs from You

What does the Social Security Administration need from you? They need to know:

  • Your current mailing address and phone number.
  • Your current direct deposit information.
  • Your work information.

When you are awarded Social Security Disability benefits for a disability, the SSA has determined that you are unable to work because of your medical condition. That’s why they need to know if you return to work, if you become self-employed, if you stop working, or if there are any changes in your hours or pay.

Substantial Work Can Affect Benefits

If your earnings exceed a certain threshold, it may affect your benefits. Additionally, if you start receiving public disability or workers’ compensation benefits, you may need to report it to the SSA.

It’s important to give the SSA a work estimate at the beginning of the year so they can withhold the right amount. If later on they find out that you had excess earnings, you could end up with a large overpayment, which you would be required to repay.

You can learn more about your reporting responsibilities by speaking to a Dallas SSDI attorney at our firm by calling (888) 493-6529.

Our goal at The Zendeh Del Law Firm is to ensure that you receive the right amount, on time, each month. By keeping the SSA informed of any changes, the likelihood of an unpleasant surprise that could derail your benefits can be significantly reduced.