An audit of Social Security found low-income beneficiaries were underpaid

Jan 25, 2019

By: Philip Moeller - PBS

Low-income people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments are supposed to automatically be switched over to “regular” Social Security retirement benefits once they turn 62 years old.

The logic here is that the government should not be paying out SSI benefits if someone could otherwise receive their normal Social Security benefits, which they have already earned.

I doubt this provision is well known by SSI recipients and, as evidenced by a report recently released by Social Security’s internal auditors, it appears a lot of Social Security employees do not know about it either.

"I have to wonder if the SSI applicants who were required to file for Social Security were told about the adverse lifetime consequences of filing early for their benefits

Low-income people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments are supposed to automatically be switched over to “regular” Social Security retirement benefits once they turn 62 years old.

The logic here is that the government should not be paying out SSI benefits if someone could otherwise receive their normal Social Security benefits, which they have already earned.

I doubt this provision is well known by SSI recipients and, as evidenced by a report recently released by Social Security’s internal auditors, it appears a lot of Social Security employees do not know about it either.

 

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