Returning to Work

For additional information visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work/ or call the Ticket Helpline 1-866-968-7842.

Returning to Work 

If you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you or your representative must promptly report any changes in work activity. You must tell your local Social Security office right away if:

  • You start or stop work;
  • You already reported your work, but your duties, hours, or pay have changed;
  • You start paying for expenses that you need for work due to your disability. SeeIMPAIRMENT-RELATED WORK EXPENSES for more information on impairment-related work expenses.

You can report changes in your work activity by phone, fax, mail, or in person. Call toll-free number 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, or you may call, visit, or write your local SSA office.

If you receive SSI, Social Security also offers a toll-free automated wage reporting telephone system and a mobile wage reporting application. For more information about these electronic wage reporting methods, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi/spotlights/spot-telephone-wage.htm or call toll-free 1-800-772-1213 and ask Social Security how you can report wages using the system or application.

When you report changes in your work activity, SSA 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. Also, save your paystubs so that SSA can verify your monthly earnings, and any deductions from earnings that may be allowed.

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