Can New York State tax authority garnish social security disability income?

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The following rule applies to "regular" SSI benefits and may also apply to disability payments, but check with the Social Security Administration to be sure.

If you have a totally separate bank account, either checking or savings, and no money from ANY source other than Social Security has EVER been deposited into it, then that money is protected from garnishment by ANY source, even the IRS or state tax authorities.
I started a separate savings account and my monthly payment is direct deposited into it. Then, as I need money, I transfer it to checking for paying bills, etc.
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