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Supplemental Security Income is safe from wage garnishment

While many of the people in Montclair receive disability benefits after they can no longer return to their jobs after suffering a life-changing injury or illness, there are others who have never been able to work because of a medical condition. Whether it is because they were born with a condition that prevented them from working or they were injured or fell ill as children, there is a certain group of people who are unable to claim Social Security disability insurance benefits.

In order to get these benefits, an individual must work for a specific amount of time and pay into the Social Security system. For those who have never worked or who have not worked long enough, they are restricted to applying for Supplemental Security Income.

Just because someone cannot work does not mean, however, that they do not have debts. Regardless of how the debts are accrued, individuals with disability whose only income is Supplemental Security Income need to know that no one can garnish those wages. Not even the Internal Revenue Service can go after these benefits. Those who receive disability insurance benefits, however, can have their benefits garnished by the government.

It makes sense that there are severe limitations on who can and cannot garnish disability benefits (whether disability insurance or Supplemental Security Income). These benefits do not make a person rich; they are designed to cover basic living costs. Trying to take away these benefits can be particularly difficult for people who are otherwise unable to work.

Source: Credit.com, "Can a Debt Collector Come After My Social Security?" Gerri Detweiler, May 23, 2014

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