SSA may authorize certain organizations to collect a fee for providing representative
payee services to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries.
An organization may qualify if it is regularly providing representative payee services
to five or more beneficiaries and it is a:
State or local government agency whose mission is to carry out income maintenance,
social service or health care-related activities, or
State or local government agency with fiduciary responsibilities, or
community-based, non-profit social service agency bonded and licensed by the State
in which it serves as representative payee.
Creditors of the beneficiary generally may not collect fees for acting as representative
payee. (An organization is a creditor of the beneficiary if it provides him or her
goods or services and requires monetary compensation. For example, an organization
collects a fee for counseling the beneficiary.)
However, in certain situations, a creditor can be authorized to collect a fee. Contact
any local Social Security office for more information.
Amount of Fee
Organizations may collect a fee of up to 10 percent of the total monthly benefits,
up to a maximum of $ (1) per month, from beneficiaries receiving disability benefits, if we have found they
have a substance use disorder.
In all other cases, the organization may collect a fee of up to 10 percent of the
total monthly benefits, up to a maximum of $ (2) per month.
It is illegal to charge or collect more than these amounts, and you may be fined or
imprisoned for doing so.
maximum DAA condition amount
maximum non-DAA condition amount