SSI Wages Can Be Reported Electronically

Empire Justice Center July 31, 2018

As of June 2, 2018, the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) portal at my Social Security accepts wage reports electronically from Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and deemors, concurrent beneficiaries, and representative payees.  This capability had previously been available only to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries and their representative payees.


The application is available when beneficiaries sign up for or log into their my Social Security account, which can be accessed on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device. After reporting wages online, a beneficiary can save or print a copy of the receipt. According to SSA, this new application makes it possible to avoid visits to a field office to report wages in person.  But users must still contact an office to report when they first start working for each new employer.


SSI recipients can still report earned income using a special toll free line by calling 1-866-772-0953. Wages can be reported using this method any day during the current month, but should be reported during the first six days of each month to prevent improper payment of SSI benefits. Otherwise, wages should be reported directly to the local Social Security office. The toll free line cannot be used to report anything except wages. Work incentives such as Impairment Related Work Expenses (IRWEs) cannot be reported through the TelephoneWage Reporting System. And be aware that advocates have observed these telephone reporting systems may not be very adept at  discerning accented voices.


Individuals may also use a mobile application for monthly wage reporting. The SSI Mobile Wage Reporting (SSIMWR) application can be downloaded and installed free on an Apple or Android mobile device. It works the same as the telephone reporting system, except the individual submits wage data by entering it on the application screens instead of using the phone.


For more information about SSI reporting options, go to https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/ssi/wage-reporting.html.