Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Individuals Hiding Self-Employment Income to Receive Disability Insurance Benefits

January 14, 2013

Self-employed individuals annually report self-employment income (SEI) to the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS then provides the Social Security Administration this SEI information, which is posted to SSA’s Master Earnings File and used to determine eligibility for retirement, survivors, disability, and health insurance benefits as well as to calculate benefit amounts. Reporting SEI under another person’s SSN could make an individual appear to be eligible for Disability Insurance (DI) benefits when he/she is not eligible.  Our objective was to identify individuals receiving DI benefits who participated in self-employment activities and concealed the income by reporting it under another person’s Social Security number.

Read the full report

Read the summary report

Looking for U.S. government information and services?