Social Security Administration

Simply Work Incentives

Both SSI and Social Security disability work incentives are confusing and overly complicated. It is a frequent source of overpayment in both programs.

 

We currently have an interface with IRS that reports quarterly wages. We should automatically use connect this information to disability recipients. If someone has 3 quarters of SGA level work, suspend their payments and send them a notice that they need to begin reporting their wages to their local office.

 

Use the same system for SSI, getting rid of payment reductions for work while people attempt to work. Once they have 3 quarters (9 months) of SGA, then cease benefits until wages drop below SGA.

 

This automatic interface with IRS could be saving time and money. Additionally, the automatic suspension puts the onus of reporting work back on the claimant.

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Idea No. 721