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How to Get a Proof of Income Letter from Social Security


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10/23/2009
Advocate for the Disabled
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If you currently receive help from the government, whether in the form of Supplemental Security Income or Social Security disability payments, you might feel thankful that you can pay any bills. However, for many people, it sometimes feels like it is not enough, and they have trouble paying some recurring utility bills. If this describes you, know that you could get more financial help for specific bills, but you will need some proof.

Living in a cold climate, such as a state that regularly receives snow in the winter, can be expensive. Keeping the house heated is particularly important if you are older or have certain disabilities, but it can be hard to pay heating costs. Most states offer some assistance for the energy bill, but they usually require proof of income. If your only source of money is a Social Security program, you might wonder how to prove anything.

Fortunately, the SSA website makes it quite easy. However, as you may notice, winter is arriving rather soon, which means you should obtain your proof of income as soon as possible so you can get energy assistance today. To do so, look on the left-hand side of the homepage of the SSA website, click on "What you can do online," and then the "If you get benefits" link. You should see the "Request a Proof of Income letter" option.

Be aware of the following facts before you request a Proof of Income letter: 

  • You can only ask for one for yourself; family members must request their own
  • You can expect to receive it in the mail within ten days of your request
  • You may be able to get it sooner by calling the SSA
  • You can choose the information you want on it

To avoid delays in getting your energy bill paid, or regarding any other issue for which you need a Proof of Income letter, request it as soon as possible. While the hours during which you may request it online are limited, you can typically request it early in the morning until late at night, depending on the day.

If you, or your loved one, are suffering from a severe physical or mental disability, you should contact a Social Security Disability advocate immediately to learn about your rights and determine eligibility. The process of securing Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be difficult and overwhelming. Don't go it alone! The disability advocates at LaVan & Neidenberg, located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL understand the inner workings of the Social Security Administration and will help you navigate the system. Call us today for a FREE consultation - 1-888-234-5758.



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6 Comments to "How to Get a Proof of Income Letter from Social Security"

Hi Mr. Shelton, I searched the www.ssa.gov website and found some information that I hope will help you. The letter you are requesting is called a Benefit Verification Letter. You may contact your local social security office to request this letter. Here is a link for requesting it online. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/
Posted by Frances Gonzalez on January 9, 2014 at 04:23 PM
Need proof of income letter
Posted by robert wiley shelton on January 9, 2014 at 02:54 PM
Hi Mr. Edgerley, I searched the www.ssa.gov website and found some information that I hope will help you. The letter you are requesting is called a Benefit Verification Letter.
You may contact your local social security office to request this letter. Here is a link for requesting it online. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/
Posted by Frances Gonzalez on October 24, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I Need Proof Of Income For Heating Purposes
Posted by Daniel Lee Edgerley on October 24, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Please go to www.socialsecurity.gov. Then look in the left column under “Top Services,” open the “Services for people currently receiving benefits” section, and select “Request a Proof of Income letter” to get a letter that verifies your Social Security benefit information. You can use this letter for any reason that someone requires proof of your income. In addition to offering proof of your income, the letter is an official document that verifies your Medicare coverage, retirement or disability status, and age. From the time that you complete the online request, it will take about 10 days for you to receive the proof of income letter in the mail. If you need one sooner, you’ll want to call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or visit your local Social Security office.
Posted by Frances Gonzalez on July 1, 2013 at 01:23 PM
I need proof of income for my ssd
Posted by Merl Coble on July 1, 2013 at 01:13 PM

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