In this article, you will get all information regarding 33 states boost benefits as two checks go out next month – see exact date

MILLIONS of Americans are set to receive two relief checks next month as 33 states are boosting benefits.

Beneficiaries of Supplemental Security Income will get their next $841 check on December 1 while the second check, averaging $914, will arrive on December 30.

Due to the fact that it represents the revised SSI benefit level for the coming year, the second payment on December 30 is an early payment for January 2023.

Typically, unless the first of the month comes on a weekend or holiday, beneficiaries typically receive their payments on that day, according to the Social Security Administration.

Federal benefits and checks are often given out at the same time. However, 33 states are disbursing their own additional payments this year.

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  • Student earned income exclusion explained

    This provision allows a person under age 22 and regularly attending school to exclude earnings from income.

    In January 2021 the amount SSI could exclude was $1,930 monthly up to a yearly maximum of $7,770.

    While in January 2022 the amount they will exclude is $2,040 monthly up to a yearly maximum of $8,230.

    The SSA typically adjusts the monthly amount and the yearly limit annually, based on any increases in the cost–of–living index.

    They apply this exclusion before any other exclusion.

  • SSI’s federal foster care benefits

    Disabled or blind youth receiving Title IV-E federal foster care benefits typically cannot become eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) until foster care payments have stopped.

    Qualifying for foster care payments in most states ends at 18.

    However, SSA may accept an SSI application from a youth up to 180 days before their foster care eligibility will end due to age.

  • SSI turns 50

    Fifty years after the introduction of Supplemental Security Income nearly 8million Americans benefit from the service.

    However, not much has changed within the program, leaving many vulnerable Americans out in the cold, reports CNBC.

    Rebecca Vallas, senior fellow and co-director of The Century Foundation’s Disability Economic Justice Collaborative, said the eligibility guidelines have become “extraordinarily restrictive, punitive, counterproductive and even outright inhumane.”

  • SSA Mobile Wage Reporting application

    The SSA Mobile Wage Reporting application allows certain recipients, their spouses, parents, and representative payees to report gross monthly wages from pay slips for the prior month using a mobile device.

    Wage reporters can download and install the free application on an Apple or Android mobile device.

  • SSI Telephone Wage Reporting

    The SSI Telephone Wage Reporting system is a toll-free automated system that allows certain recipients, their spouses, parents, and representative payees to report the total gross monthly wages for the prior month to SSA over the telephone.

  • Using automatic wage reporting

    Social Security has several automated or electronic options for wage reporting.

    This should save time and help you report important wage information to Social Security without the need to call, visit, or write your local Social Security office.

    • The SSI Telephone Wage Reporting system
    • The SSA Mobile Wage Reporting application
    • The online tool within the my Social Security portal (myWageReport)
  • Who can use automated wage reporting tools, continued

    To use the tools you’ll need the following:

    • The Social Security number of the person who is making the wage report (the caller or mobile device user)
    • The Social Security number of the wage earner
    • All pay slips for wages paid in the report month so that you can provide the gross wages that the wage earner received for the month. Gross wages are the amount of pay before taxes and other deductions
    • The caller’s or mobile device user’s name as it appears on their Social Security card.
  • Who can use automated wage reporting tools?

    According to the Social Security website, only certain individuals can report monthly wages using automated wage reporting tools.

    Contact your local Social Security office to see which wage reporting option is best for you.

    If automated wage reporting is an option for you, the office will provide you with instructions on how to report wages using your preferred method.

  • Social Security trust funds explained, part two

    Social Security taxes and other income are deposited in these accounts, and Social Security benefits are paid from them.

    The trust funds can only be used to pay benefits and program administrative costs.

    The trust funds keep money not needed in the current year to pay benefits and administrative costs and invest it in special Treasury bonds guaranteed by the US Government.

    The Treasury will then redeem them after the bonds reach maturity on the interest that is paid.

  • Social Security trust funds explained

    The Social Security trust funds are financial accounts in the US Treasury.

    Social Security has two types of trust funds, the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund and the Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund.

    OASI pays retirement and survivors benefits and the DI pays disability benefits.

  • SSI benefits for children with autism, part two

    To qualify for benefits, families that have children on the autism spectrum must meet specific financial and medical criteria.

    To be considered, you also must provide documentation, like medical records, proving that your child meets the requirements.

    Additionally, parents must answer questions regarding the severity of their child’s limitations.

    Parents must also provide financial documents proving they fall within the required income level.

    Payment amounts are directly correlated to the household’s income level and may apply to each member of the household.

  • SSI benefits for children with autism

    Eligible parents that have children with autism could be able to receive some type of financial assistance.

    According to the Social Security Administration, a child is considered disabled if they are under the age of 18 and have a medically determined physical or mental impairment.

    This includes an emotional or learning problem that:

    • Results marked severe functional limitations
    • Can be expected to result in death
    • Has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of over 12 months
  • Types of income for SSI, part two

    Unearned Income: all income that is not earned such as Social Security benefits, pensions, State disability payments, unemployment benefits, interest income, dividends, and cash from friends and relatives.

    In-Kind Income: food, shelter, or both that you get for free or for less than its fair market value.

    Deemed Income: income from your spouse with whom you live, your parent(s) with whom you live, or your sponsor.

  • Types of income for SSI

    The SSA describes income is any item an individual receives in cash or that can be used for food or shelter.

    The four types of income include:

    Earned Income: net earnings from self–employment, certain royalties, honoraria, and sheltered workshop payments.

  • SS benefits – working while claiming

    One disadvantage you have when you claim Social Security ahead of your full retirement age is your benefits will be reduced if you make too much money while working.

    Your full retirement age could be 66 or 67, depending on what year you were born.

    If your income is $19,560 or more in 2022, the SSA will withhold $1 for every $2 you earn over the limit.

    In the year of your full retirement age, the SSA deducts $1 for every $3 you earn over $51,960.

    Deductions will then stop once you hit your full retirement age.

  • Dedicated accounts for children explained

    A dedicated account is a separate financial institution account that the representative payee of a disabled child under age 18 is required to open when the child is eligible for large past-due payments.

    This is usually any payment covering more than 6 months at the current benefit rate.

    The past–due payments will be deposited directly into that dedicated account, and the use of these funds is restricted.

  • Social Security Association announced COLA

    Social Security Administration officials revealed last week that the cost-of-living adjustment for 2023 will be 8.7 percent.

    This means beneficiaries will receive an extra $144.10 a month on average.

    The increase will affect  Social Security, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claimants.

    The new increase will take effect in January for retirees and on December 30 for SSI claimants.

    Kilolo Kijakazi, the SSA’s acting commissioner, said: “Medicare premiums are going down and Social Security benefits are going up in 2023, which will give seniors more peace of mind and breathing room.”

    “This year’s substantial Social Security cost-of-living adjustment is the first time in over a decade that Medicare premiums are not rising and shows that we can provide more support to older Americans who count on the benefits they have earned.”

  • Maximizing Social Security payments

    Here are some ways to maximize your Social Security payments:

    • Work for at least 35 years
    • Boost your income (earn as much as you can)
    • Claim spousal benefits
    • Claim Social Security later in life (as late as 70 if possible)
    • Check if your children are eligible for SSI
  • What is the COLA increase for 2023?

    In October, COLA was announced for Social Security beneficiaries.

    Which will increase their monthly payments by 8.7 percent which is the highest it has been in over 40 years.

    The previous COLA was set at 5.9 percent.

  • When are SSI payments sent out?

    Typically, SSI benefits are paid out on the first of each month, but if payment dates land on a federal holiday or weekend, you can expect to receive that month’s payment on the weekday immediately prior.

    For many recipients, SSI is not enough to pay for all of the basic necessities but it is a very welcome boost to the pot.

    The maximum payment per individual is 841 dollars per month. Anyone is allowed to claim SSI but not every individual will receive the same amount. It depends on their personal circumstances.

  • Who’s eligible for SSI, continued

    Typically, you must be a US citizen or a national of the US to be eligible for SSI.

    You must also live in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands.

    The exceptions to this are children of military parent(s) assigned to permanent duty outside the US and certain students temporarily abroad who may receive SSI payments outside the US.

  • Who’s eligible for SSI?

    Anyone may apply for SSI, but not everyone receives the same amount.

    You may get more if you live in a state that adds money to the federal SSI payment.

    But you could also get LESS if the following reasons apply:

    • Have other income such as wages, pensions, or Social Security benefits. 
    • Someone pays your household expenses or if you live with a spouse and he or she has income.
  • What is Supplemental Security Income?

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a means-based program offering support to millions of Americans.

    It provides monetary benefits to disabled children, disabled adults, and individuals aged 65 or older who are citizens or nationals of the US.

    Since SSI eligibility depends on financial need, you have to continue to prove that you are eligible for the monetary support.

    This is conducted through redetermination.

  • SSI recipients will see benefits increase this year, part two

    Since SSI beneficiaries are set to score their checks earlier, for those collecting both Social Security benefits along with your SSI, you’ll only get your increase for SSI in December.

    Your Social Security benefits increase will begin on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

  • SSI recipients will see benefits increase this year

    While both Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients will get an 8.7 percent cost of living adjustment, SSI beneficiaries will get theirs first.

    Because the payment schedule falls on a holiday, the administration will send the checks earlier on Friday.

    This means, instead of receiving your January 2023 check in January, you’ll get it in December 2022.

33 states boost benefits as two checks go out next month – see exact date

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