Learn How the Ticket to Work Program Can Work for You

Chapter 5 - Managing Your New Job

Reporting and Preventing Overpayments

An overpayment occurs when Social Security pays someone more in benefits than they should have been paid.

Here are a few steps you can take to protect your earnings by avoiding overpayments:

  • Actively safeguard your earnings by keeping your information up-to-date with Social Security
  • Report when you start and stop working and if you change your hours or rate of pay
  • Report if you have a change in living arrangements or your resources, such as buying a car, opening a new bank account or adding to an existing one
  • If you receive Supplemental Security Income, you may be eligible to report your earnings using Social Security's SSI Telephone Wage Reporting (SSITWR) or SSI Mobile Wage Reporting (SSIMWR) system

Watch our March 2012 webinar, "Preventing and Managing Overpayments: A Webinar for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries" to learn more!

An overpayment occurs when Social Security pays someone more in benefits than they should have been paid.

This usually happens when a person fails to report to Social Security, or fails to report in a timely manner,

a change in living situation, marital status, work status or amount of income received.

Overpayments can be stressful, but they are avoidable! Learning about which changes, income and events must be reported,

when they must be reported and the best way to report them can protect you from an overpayment situation.

Here are a few steps you can take to protect your earnings by avoiding overpayments:

Actively safeguard your earnings by keeping your information up-to-date with Social Security

Report when you start and stop working and if your hours or rate of pay change

Report if you have a change in living arrangements or your resources, such as buying a car,

opening a new bank account or adding to an existing one. If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI),

you may be eligible to report your earnings using Social Security's SSI Telephone Wage Reporting system

or the SSI Mobile Wage Reporting system. Watch our March 2012 webinar titled, “Preventing and Managing Overpayments:

A Webinar for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries,” to learn more! Click the right arrow to continue.