I live in TN. I am my sons payee, he is 25 now.I recently moved 3 miles down the road. I was contacted last week by my Local SS office stating they needed my new address. I did call the main office, but evidently it didn't get changed. I thought no big deal, it was only a few weeks.
My house pmt is the same, the bills are the same, with exception I will have a Gas bill now. No changes in who resides in my home. The lady was Rude and badgered me for at least an hour! She wanted to know everything! She really got hung up on food, wanted to know if it was separate or combined. I explained I shop for all of our food at once, but he is texture sensentive, so most of his food is different from ours as he is so picky. He rarely eats the same meal, you may wonder why I am going on about this. Well she wouldn't give! She said, well does he use any of your food, I said well, we share condiments!
She asked how much I spent on him, I said app. 75.00 and then I get him Mcdonalds or something through the week.
We went through all the rent, electric, etc.
I stupiditly said he has a cell phone and interenet, which I use his money for, she stated "He is only allowed money for FOOD and Shelter, which does not include cable, phone, internet, clothing, games...
So since I said he I allow him to use some of his money to have personal items, she stated "It was additional Income that I didn't report"!!
I called the Main office the next day very upset, they said NEVER tell them anyhthing! She was very nice, but "ARE not they all GOV. Employees for SS!
Bottom line, his Payee report says he is allowed to have things, and that he SHOULD have personal items if at all possible.
I recieved a letter today from the local SS office stating they have reduced his benefits and I have to pay them back as he has been recieving addition income!
Any help would be very much appreciated. My husband only makes 30,000 dollars a year. Its not like we are wealthy! With his benefits reduced, we will have to move. They may not think internet is important, but that is his world. He is Autistic.
Thank you in Advance for any help