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What are Life Changing Events?
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 seven events:
Death of Spouse
Divorce or annulment
Loss of income from income-producing property
Loss or reduction of certain forms of pension income.
Last Revised: May 22, 2007
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