Social Security Administration requesting receipts *UPDATED**
I got home from work last night to a frantic message from my MIL, she needed me to call immediately. Sooo I call her back, apparently she got a letter from Social Security, which she recieves for my 23 year old autistic BIL, they want receipts for where his money is going, as well as her income and my FIL's income, apparently. I told her I don't really see the issue, that they usually even tell you to hold on to receipts for this purpose, I do not personally recieve SSI so I told her I really can't be much help. She said she thinks she'll be in trouble because she has no receipts, I said well that might be an issue, so she started listing the various things his SSI is used for
Over the past few months
-Samsung Galaxy s4
-Subscription for an online game
-4 dollars for medication
-Video games he sees and wants
-Whatever is left over is used for other random things, she said usually equipment for this online game he plays, or whatever else he wants, if there is any money left she puts it in to their vacation fund to pay for his portion of vacation expenses
I told her I was under the impression that this money was to go for his NEEDS, not his WANTS. She said she believes she can use the money however she wants, so she will just be telling them that the entire check is rent he has to pay them. I told her I had to go get dinner together and I would speak to her later. I am dumbfounded, I know nothing of SSI, but maybe some of you ladies could help me...what kind of trouble could she be up against? If any of course. I do not question my BIL's disability, but I am questioning the handling of his money, my DH said maybe all they will do is just assign a new payee. MIL did say she was concerned that the amount could be lowered since her and FIL both recieved raises since he started receiving benefits when he was 10, and that was 13 years ago and this is the first time this has happened. So any help would be appreciated. Thanks
Thanks to all you ladies for you answers!
So we went to my inlaws tonight. I took a look at the paper and I am not sure where she saw ANYTHING about wanting receipts. It is a meeting for next week to review my BIL's case, she needs to bring paystubs, bank statements, tax stuff, info about life insurance, she doesn't understand any of it so I told her to just call the number during business hours to see. She is afraid saying that she thinks they might lower what he gets because of their income, like I said I have no clue how it even works. They have guardianship over him so I assume their income would help determine it? Who knows.