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How do you fill out an SSI form?

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Supplemental Security Income forms can be filled out online at SSA.gov or in person at your local Social Security Administration office. The SSI form, Form SSA-8000-BK, consists of 33 questions, including name, date of birth, Social Security number and address.

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Question 10 on SSI Form SSA-8000-BK asks about the applicant's "alleged onset date," or the date that the applicant became unable to work, due to disability. The onset date is important because it affects the amount of retroactive benefits, or back pay, the applicant receives if his claim is approved. The question of onset date of disability may be a simple one to answer if the applicant's disability is the result of a car accident or other traumatic injury. However, if the disability in question is caused by an illness that has worsened gradually over time, then finding the onset date of disability may be a challenge. Generally, the date of disability is usually considered to be the date when the applicant was no longer able to work due to the medical condition.

Question 24 asks what illnesses, injuries or conditions limit the applicant's ability to work. When answering this question, it's important to include not just the diagnosis, but also what functional limitations the medical condition causes.

The Social Security Administration offers free help filling out the SSI form if needed. Find local offices and contact information at SSA.gov.

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