What is Plan to Achieve Self- Support (PASS)?
PASS allows an individual to set aside their own income and/or resources in
special account, not counted for SSI purposes, to support their objectives and
activities associated with assisting them in achieving a specific work goal.
Who can have a PASS?
If you receive SSI or could qualify for SSI after setting aside income or
resources so that you may pursue a work goal, you could benefit from PASS.
What are the requirements?
Your PASS must:
- • Be designed especially for you.
- • Be in writing. Using the form SSA-545-BK, you can
get copies at your local office, from a PASS expert, or by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ssa-545.html.
- • Have a specific work goal that you are capable of
- • Have a specific timeframe for reaching your goal.
- • Show what income you receive (other than SSI
payments) and/or resources you have that you will use to reach your goal.
- • Show how you will use your income and resources to
reach your work goal.
- • Show how the money you set aside will be kept
separate from other funds.
- • Be approved and be reviewed periodically to assure
your plan in actually helping you make progress towards your work goal.
Impairment Related Work Expenses (IRWE)
- • Are expenses related to a disability that are
needed to work and are paid for by the individual.
For more information on PASS or IRWE please visit the Social Security Administration or call 1-800-772-1213 for PASS plan specialist.