Social Security pays
disability benefits to people who are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition
that will last at least one year or result in death. The Social Security
Administration calculates how much an applicant receives based on their
age and their work history.
Sometimes the SSA will reduce a benefit amount if you are receiving other
types of income, resulting in a smaller Social Security Disability check.
Continue reading below to see if any of these provisions apply to you.
How Pensions Impact Disability
Are you eligible for a pension? If so, there’s a good chance that
you won’t see any impact on your SSDI benefits. It all comes down
to whether you paid Social Security taxes on the earnings that qualified
you for your pension.
For private employers and many government jobs, the earnings are subject
to a tax withholding for Social Security. In that case, it will not have
any impact on your SSDI benefits.
On the other hand, government employers, particularly local and state government
agencies are not required to withhold Social Security taxes from employees’
pay. In these situations, the Windfall Elimination Provision reduces a
worker’s SSDI benefits.
If you’re a government worker and Social Security taxes were not
withheld from your pay, an attorney from our firm can help determine the
exact amount of the reduction, as it hinges on a few factors, such as
the year that you became disabled and how many years you worked at jobs
that you did pay into Social Security.
You can check out the SSA’s
table to become more familiar with the agency’s calculations.
To learn more about SSDI and pensions, contact a Dallas Social Security
Disability Lawyer from The Zendeh Del Law Firm. We would be glad to answer
your questions and streamline the application process for you.