SSI SPOTLIGHT ON AUTOMATED WAGE REPORTING TOOLS-- 2021 Edition

 

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WHAT ARE AUTOMATED WAGE REPORTING TOOLS?

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

  • the SSI Telephone Wage Reporting system (SSITWR);
  • the SSI Mobile Wage Reporting application (SSIMWR);
  • the online tool within the my Social Security portal (myWageReport).

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

The SSITWR method 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. 

The SSIMWR application allows certain recipients, their spouses, parents and representative payees to report  the total gross monthly wages for the prior month using a mobile device.  Wage reporters can download and install the free SSIMWR application on an Apple or Android mobile device.

The myWageReport is an online wage reporting tool located within the my Social Security portal.  Available on a computer or smartphone, this tool allows certain recipients, deemors, and representative payees with a my Social Security account to report pay slip information online. Additionally, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries and their representative payees can use this tool to report their earnings.

WHO CAN USE AUTOMATED WAGE REPORTING TOOLS?

Only certain individuals can report monthly wages using automated wage reporting tools, and one option may be better for you to use than the others depending on your circumstances.  Please 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 for how to report wages using your preferred method. 

WHAT YOU NEED BEFORE YOU REPORT WAGES BY SSITWR OR SSIMWR

    small blue and black arrow The Social Security number of the person who is making the wage report (the caller or mobile device user);
    small blue and black arrow The Social Security number of the wage earner;
    small blue and black arrow The TOTAL monthly amount of gross wages for the wage earner. Gross wages are the amount of pay before taxes and other deductions;
    small blue and black arrow The caller’s or mobile device user’s name as it appears on their Social Security card.

IMPORTANT: If you are using SSITWR, please be sure to call from a quiet location, since background noise may cause the report to fail. 

WHAT YOU NEED BEFORE YOU REPORT WAGES ONLINE WITH myWageReport

  • An active my Social Security account.
  • All pay slips for wages paid in the report month. If the wage earner has multiple employers, you will need pay slips from all the employers. You will copy information from each pay slip during the online reporting process.

WHEN SHOULD YOU REPORT WAGES USING AUTOMATED WAGE REPORTING TOOLS?

We encourage you to report wages using our automated wage reporting tools during the first six days of the month to help prevent an incorrect SSI payment. You can choose any of the first six days of the month to report.  If you miss reporting during the six-day reporting period at the beginning of the month, you can still report the prior month’s gross wages at any time during the month using our automated reporting tools or you can report to your local Social Security office.

Remember, we encourage consistent monthly wage reporting early in the month to help prevent SSI overpayments and underpayments.

WHO IS THE WAGE EARNER?

A wage earner is the person who is working and receiving wages or payment for working.  You are the wage earner if you are working and you are reporting your own wages.  If you are reporting someone else’s wages, then the wage earner is the person whose wages you are reporting. 

IS THERE ANOTHER WAY TO REPORT WAGES?

Yes.

If using automated wage reporting tools is not an option, you should report the following information to your local Social Security office:

  • the total gross monthly wage amount for the prior month,
  • the name of the wage earner,
  • the wage earner’s social security number, and
  • the name and social security number of the person who receives SSI. 

Report the monthly wage information by: 

  • sending a fax with the gross wage amount and applicable month;
  • mailing a brief letter with the gross wage amount and applicable month; or
  • telephoning your local field office.

WAGE REPORTING REMINDER

You can now sign up for email or text reminders to report monthly wages for SSI at https://www.ssa.gov/ssiwagereporting/ on our website.

 

THIS INFORMATION IS GENERAL.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 1–800–772–1213 (TTY 1–800–325–0778),
VISIT OUR WEBSITE (www.ssa.gov) ON THE INTERNET,
OR CONTACT YOUR LOCAL SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE.