Hello everyone, I work at the VA and just wanted to give you all a PSA to save you time and effort. The IRS and SSA have started sharing data with VA in real time. What this means for you is that when you submit an application, VA will cross-check the information on your application with the information provided to IRS and SSA. This was done as a quality control measure to ensure that applicants who apply for needs-based programs actually need the benefit. Here's an example of how this could impact you: Your application shows: SSA: $1,290.90/mo Interest: $400/yr Other income: N/A IRS shows: SSA: $1,290.90 Interest: $610.00 IRA distributions: $10,000 VA would delay your application to find out about the IRA distributions. If you can't explain the discrepancy, your application may be denied. The interest would not be an issue because it is a relatively small discrepancy. Because the IRA distributions are large, it raises questions regarding net worth reporting and income. VA has not yet instituted a look-back period (like Medicaid) in which a claimant will be penalized for misreporting income/assets, but there is a strong push in congress to create one. In the meantime, the match with IRS means that it is more important than ever to accurately report your income and assets on your application. Currently, only 40% of claimants accurately report their income on applications. These are the claimants whose claims get finished in a couple weeks. Keep in mind that VA employees have two bosses: The Veteran and The Taxpayer. As long as there is no evidence of misrepresentation, your claim will move as quickly as possible (I know, I know... we're still super slow... but we're working on it!) -VSR P.S. As always, feel free to message me with any questions. I am only on here in my free time and I am not acting on behalf of VA by posting or answering questions here, but I am more than happy to assist anyone with any questions I can answer.