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Reporting your earnings and IRWEs

  • You are strongly encouraged to report earnings to the POD project:
    • Any month when your monthly earnings are greater than the POD threshold ($850 a month for 2018)
    • AND
    • The first month that your earnings are less than the POD threshold, if you previously earned above the POD threshold while you were in POD
  • SSA will review earnings based on when you are paid, not when you work. For any month when you need to report earnings from work, you must submit documentation of those earnings to POD by the sixth day of the following month. For example, paychecks received in March should be reported to POD by April 6. This will ensure that your April SSDI benefits check (paid in May) is calculated correctly based on your March earnings.
  • Timely reporting of your earnings is important to help SSA pay you the correct amount of SSDI benefits. If you do not report your earnings on a monthly basis, you risk having SSA make retroactive adjustments to your SSDI benefits. Furthermore, SSA may deduct part of your future benefits to adjust for past overpayments.

  • You are strongly encouraged to report IRWEs to the POD project any month when your IRWEs and your earnings are both greater than the POD threshold. If your IRWEs for a given month are less than the POD threshold, you do not need to report them to POD.

  • For any month when you report earnings and IRWEs, you must submit documentation of your earnings and IRWEs to POD by the sixth day of the following month. You have four ways to report earnings and IRWEs to POD:
    • Online: We encourage you to report your earnings and IRWEs electronically through the POD online earnings portal: Reporting electronically is the fastest way to report and will help make sure your benefit check is calculated correctly each month. You can upload electronic versions of paystubs and IRWE receipts or you can take pictures of your documentation with your smartphone and upload it to POD online earnings portal. See instructional video.
    • Mail: Complete a monthly reporting form and mail the form and copies of your paystubs and IRWE documentation to The POD Project, Abt Associates Inc., 500 E. Hackberry Ave., STE 100 A, McAllen, TX, 78501.
    • Fax: Complete a monthly reporting form and fax your form, paystubs, and IRWE documentation to 956-217-8594.
    • In-person: Complete a monthly reporting form and deliver the form and copies of your paystubs and IRWE documentation in-person to your assigned POD work incentives counselor.
  • When reporting your earnings and IRWEs, please remember to:
    • Include all paystubs paid to you within the calendar month;
    • Submit copies (not originals) of paystubs and IRWE receipts; and
    • Submit or postmark your paystubs and IRWE receipts no later than the sixth day of the following month.
  • We encourage you to report your monthly earnings to POD as soon as you have received the last paycheck that you will receive in the reporting month.

  • You should have received copies of the monthly reporting form and postage-paid envelopes in your welcome packet. If you need more copies of the form, you can download them from the Form library.