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  1. #1
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    Jun 2011

    Default SSI and Gambling Winnings

    On SSI..won $7000 in 2008 and $17,500 in 2009,in casino gambling.Just recently the IRS informed the Social Security administration of these winnings.Received a letter from the local Social Security office asking for proof of the months of these past winnings.How will I be penalized?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Default Re: SSI and Gambling Winnings

    You took your welfare disability benefits (SSI) that you received because you cannot work and the taxpayers don't want you to be homeless and hungry to a casino and made $24,700. You owe SSI back the SSI money you gambled with. Not a penalty although if they suspect fraud, you can have penalties for failure to report and possible six months of sanctions of non-payment. Depends on how egregious your failure to report is. What about all the other winnings you have gotten sinc die 2008? You need to provide proof of all of that too. What did you do with the $24,500? Need to provide proof of that too. I already don't believe that either this happened only two times and that you gave it all back to the casino. I doubt you can convince the SSI staff either. If you are a compulsive gambler, you would have gone back more. If you are not, you would have walked out with some money in your pocket.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2011

    Default Re: SSI and Gambling Winnings

    Thanks for the reply..In 2008 I probably went over a hundred times and in 2009 over 250 times.Have printouts of the wins/losses from those gambling jaunts from the Indian casino computor.The 2009 winnings were from many trips using the monies won previously,so I never had any large amount of money at one time.The 2008 winnings were from about $20 of my monthly check,playing a nickle..then a quarter machine.Probably lost back 95% of the money which shows on the printouts.Will bring everything over to the Social Security office for their review and info.

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