The claimant may request to change his or her method of reporting to:
Increase the earnings for insured status or benefit computation purposes, or
Decrease the earnings for deduction purposes.
SSA should inform the claimant of his or her right to change the method of reporting
only if a change in reporting will affect:
SSA development has reduced NESE below the amount that may be reported under the option.
See RS 01803.160 and RS 01803.180 for optional methods of reporting.
If adjustments are made which reduce the reported NESE below the amount that may be
reported under the optional method, the claimant must be advised of any advantages
that could be derived by electing the option.
The effects of the option must be considered in cases where it appears that the reported
SEI should be adjusted.