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What events must you report to the Social Security Administration?

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

523. What events must you report to the Social Security Administration?

If you receive Social Security benefits based on a disability (or if you have a period of disability), you must notify the Social Security Administration of any of the following events:

  1. Your disabling condition improves;

  2. Your work status changes, such as:

    1. You begin working (employment or self-employment);

    2. You stop working (employment or self-employment);

    3. You increase your work activity;

    4. Your income increases; or

    5. Your disability-related work expenses change or stop.

      When you report changes in your work activity to us, we will give you a receipt to verify that you have properly fulfilled your obligation to report. Keep this receipt with all of your other important papers from Social Security.

  3. You apply for payments under a workers' compensation program or, where applicable, a disability program;

  4. You receive an increase or decrease in the amount of payment under a workers' compensation program or, where applicable, a public disability program;

  5. You receive a lump-sum settlement under a workers' compensation program or a public disability program;

  6. Your workers' compensation and/or public disability payments stop (see §504); or

  7. You are confined within the U.S. for the conviction of a felony.

Last Revised: Jul. 24, 2006

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