There will be cases when a beneficiary or the spouse of a beneficiary will have experienced one or more events causing a significant reduction in modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). A "significant" reduction in MAGI is a reduction that decreases or eliminates the Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA) for a specific year. A beneficiary who has experienced a life-changing event that caused a significant reduction in MAGI may request SSA to make a new initial determination using a more recent tax year than the tax year used previously.
A life changing event can be one or more of the following eight events:
Death of Spouse
Divorce or annulment
Loss of Income Producing Property
Loss or reduction of pension income
Receipt of employer settlement payment.
Last Revised: Nov. 30, 2010