Generally, the issuance of the IP removes the financial emergency, and the person
is then paid under normal processes or CPS. In some situations, a second IP may be
NOTE: Because of concerns about improper use of the IP procedure, initially more than one
IP in a 30-day period was prohibited. However, an audit showed that SSA FOs follow
the strict criteria for issuance of IPs and this concern was not justified. Therefore,
the limit of one IP in a 30-day period has been eliminated.
When another IP is needed within a 30-day period, ALLrequirements must be met for each IP paid. Therefore, situations where a second IP
(meeting all the requirements) would be issued within 30 days will be rare. Examples of possible
situations when more than one IP may be issued in less than 30 days include:
A natural disaster, where mail is disrupted for more than one month, or
When a recipient is given an IP for the initial payment because of dire need, their
next month’s check does not arrive timely, and they are still in dire need.
Each IP is limited to the lesser of $5,000.00 or the amount due. Because of the TPPS/CPS
interface, CPS edits the amount and will not allow an IP greater than $5,000.00.
NOTE: If there is concurrent Title II/XVI entitlement or dual entitlement on two SSNs, the
$5,000.00 limitation applies against the total benefits due under both Title II/XVI
or SSNs (i.e., payment may be made under both Titles or SSNs), but the total IP cannot