Read this new FAQ from @Choose Work! to learn more about Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS), a Work Incentive that may help you pursue and reach work goals on the path to financial independence. https://choosework.ssa.gov/library/faq-plan-to-achieve-self-support
The Social Security Administration announced that they are expanding our my Social Security online wage reporting service to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients, as well as their spouses, parents, sponsors, and representative payees.
Individuals receiving both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI, as well as their representative payees, can also report wages online. This service is available through our existing mySocial Security portal. Check the website to learn more about my Social Security features and how to sign up.
Here is the article from SSA.gov. https://www.ssa.gov/thirdparty/whatsnew.html
The amount of money that people with disabilities can deposit in their ABLE accounts each year without jeopardizing eligibility for government benefits is about to increase.
The Internal Revenue Service said that the federal gift tax exclusion will climb from $14,000 to $15,000 in 2018 thanks to inflation. Since the annual deposit limit on ABLE accounts is directly tied to that benchmark, that cap will grow to $15,000 as well.
On September 23, 2017, we released a new wage reporting application behind the my Social Security portal. Now, people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and their representative payees can report wages securely online.
It’s faster and easier than ever before for SSDI beneficiaries and their representative payees to report wages; they can avoid visiting a field office to report their wages in person and they can print or save a receipt of their report.
When you sign up or log in to your my Social Security account, you’ll have access to this application on your desktop, laptop, and mobile device. After you report your wages online, you can save or print a copy of your receipt.
This service will be available for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients in the future. SSI recipients should continue to report wages through SSI Mobile Wage Reporting, SSI Telephone Wage Reporting, or by visiting a local field office.
We’re constantly expanding and improving our services to put you in control of your time by providing them when, where, and how you need them. You can learn more about this new wage reporting service here.
Retrieved from https://blog.ssa.gov/new-wage-reporting-application/
Social Security recognizes same-sex couples’ marriages in all states, and some non-marital legal relationships (such as some civil unions and domestic partnerships), for purposes of determining entitlement to Social Security benefits, Medicare entitlement, and eligibility and payment amount for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Here are five things you should know about our benefits for same-sex couples:
- Marital status is important — same-sex couple can receive Social Security benefits when a worker retires, becomes disabled, or dies. We also consider marital status when we determine eligibility and payment amount for Supplemental Security Income.
- What type of benefits can you receive — Social Security taxes pay for three kinds of benefits: retirement, disability, and survivors. If you‘re entitled to benefits, your spouse and eligible family members might receive benefits, too.
- Children may receive benefits — your children or stepchildren could also be entitled to benefits.
- When you apply for benefits is important — if you’re married or have entered a non-marital legal relationship, we encourage you to apply right away, even if you’re not sure you’re eligible. Applying now will protect you against the loss of any potential benefits.
- Report life changes right away — you should let us know immediately if you move, marry, separate, divorce, or become the parent of a child. Don’t wait until we review your benefits to tell us about any changes. You should report changes right away so benefits are paid correctly.
Article Retrieved from:http://blog.socialsecurity.gov/what-same-sex-couples-need-to-know/
Impairment-Related Work Expenses
IRWEs are the costs associated with certain items and services you need to work. They apply to all SSDI beneficiaries and to SSI beneficiaries. To learn more about Work Incentives for people who are blind, download Social Security Work Incentives for People who are Blind.
While IRWEs need to be used for work, the items and services can also be used in daily living. For example, a wheelchair that you use at your workplace may count as an IRWE even though you also use it at home and when you are not working.
Other examples may include medicine, disability-related changes to your home or vehicle, or costs for a service animal. IRWEs may also be out-of-pocket expenses such as medical supplies and doctor visits.
How IRWEs affect your disability benefits
If you receive SSDI, Social Security will deduct the cost of IRWEs from your gross earnings when deciding if your work is substantial gainful activity (SGA). Social Security uses the term “substantial gainful activity” to describe a level of work activity and earnings and to help determine your eligibility for SSDI or SSI. Work is “substantial” if it involves doing significant physical or mental activities or a combination of both. Work activity does not need to be performed on a full-time basis to be substantial — part-time work may also be SGA.
For 2017, SGA is defined as earnings of $1,170 per month for someone who is not blind and $1,950 per month for someone who is blind. Both SGA amounts are subject to change.
Social Security deducts IRWE for SGA purposes when:
- The item(s) or service(s) enable you to work;
- You need the item(s) or service(s) because of a physical or mental impairment;
- You pay for the item(s) or service(s) and are not reimbursed by another source such as Medicare, Medicaid or a private insurance carrier; and
- The cost is “reasonable,” that is, it represents the standard charge for the item or service in your community.
If you receive SSI disability benefits, Social Security will exclude IRWEs from your earned income when they figure your monthly payment amount if:
- You meet the requirements above, and
- You paid the expense in a month that you received earned income or performed work while using the IRWE.
Earnings from work may affect the amount of your monthly SSI payment. But because IRWEs reduce the amount of your “countable income,” you may be able to keep more of your SSI payment while you work. Here’s an example of how IRWEs affect your benefits:
Ellen Jones receives SSI benefits because she has a disability. She works and earns $1,025 a month, which is the only income she receives. She has the following work expenses:
- She pays $125 a month for union dues and insurance; and
- She pays $250 a month to a special transportation service that she needs to get to and from work because of her disabling condition.
Although Ms. Jones has work expenses of $375 a month, only the $250 of her earnings, which she uses to pay for the special transportation service, are related to her impairment. Because they are considered IRWE, the amount is deducted from her countable earnings and are not counted in determining the amount of her SSI benefit as follows:
$1,025 – $20 (general exclusion) = $1,005
$1,005 – $65 (work exclusion) = $940
$ 940 – $250 (impairment–related work expense) = $690
$ 690 / 2 = $345 (SSA only counts 50% of your earnings)
$ 345 = countable earnings
IRWEs and Other Work Incentives
To learn more about IRWEs and other Work Incentives, visit www.ssa.gov/work or one of the following resources:
About Ticket to Work
Social Security’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to work.
The Ticket program is free and voluntary. It helps people with disabilities move toward financial independence and connects them with the services and support they need to succeed in the workforce.
To learn more about the Ticket program, visit www.ssa.gov/work. You can also call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers or find providers on your own with the Ticket program Find Help tool.
*Retrieved from SSA.gov