Social Security benefits could be affected if something significant happens in your life. You must notify the Social Security Administration of any changes to your information within ten days following the end of the month in which the change happened, according to the agency.
Benefit amounts and/or eligibility for certain types of benefits might be affected by changes in your living circumstances, such as those related to disability, retirement, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Any of the following common life events necessitate notifying the SSA:
- You shifted.
- You’re either newlyweds or recently separated.
- You’ve gone by a new alias.
- You have taken in a youngster.
- You’re no longer responsible for the upkeep of a government-sponsored youngster.
- In the event that you are a non-citizen and your legal status changes.
- As soon as you begin receiving a pension from work for which you are not eligible for Social Security benefits.
- If you plan to be away from the country for longer than a month.
- You can’t manage your money if you can’t.
- In the event that you are found guilty of a crime,
- The beneficiary’s death is a factor.
It’s possible that you’ll be required to repay some of your benefits if your circumstances change. Changes that aren’t reported promptly may result in a reduction in your monthly benefit.
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SSI, disability, and retirement payments may be withheld if a person fails to notify changes or willfully makes a false declaration.
There may also be a penalty for nonpayment by the government. A six-month payment suspension is the first consequence, followed by 12- and 24-month suspensions.
Changes to your personal information can be reported to the Social Security Administration (SSA) either online or at socialsecurity.gov.
Alternatively, you can mail or go in person to your local Social Security office. MySocialSecurity allows you to make changes to your address and direct deposit information.