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If you collect Social Security does it reduce your unemployment benefits in Illinois?
Yes, it does. Illinois unemployment law allows the state to reduce your unemployment compensation by 50% of your Social Security benefit. Illinois is one of only five states that still apply an offset to unemployment.
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No, not technically. Social Security is technically considered 'insurance', as are unemployment benefits. Unemployment benefits are regulated and provided by your state of r…esidence, while Social Security benefits are under the control of the federal government. The monies you receive for unemployment, however, are generally not taxed, so you are not paying INTO the Social Security system, as you are when you have paid employment. (I have noticed recently, however, that some states give UE recipients the option of having taxes withheld or not. If one does NOT have the taxes withheld will then have to pay them at the end of the year, per their tax return.) Another answer: NOT receiving any unemployment benefits would mean that during the time that they calculate your SS entitlements your average income would be reduced by the zero income in the period you were not paying your SS taxes because of your unemployment. Therefore, any amount you receive from unemployment is a plus even if it only counted as immediate income and not credited to your SS account. So your averages are not reduced by receiving unemployment compensation. CLARIFICATION : Just to clarify. Since Social Security calculates your benefit based on the 35 best years of your working years, if you have a long period of unemployment this could reduce your average wages, and thus potentially reduce your benefits. If you exhausted unemployment benefits and had any "zero income years" that could reduce your average wages even more, and thus the basis for you Soc Sec benefits. However if you had 35 working years total by the time you retire you would be OK since the calculation is based on your "35 best years"
Can you collect both unemployment benefits and Social Security Disability benefits at the same time in Illinois?
Because the Social Security Administration has a very severe test on whether you qualify for their program, if you are unable to work, it's unlikely you would be eligible …for Illinois' unemployment benefit because you are required to actively search for full time work, among other things. However , this applies to the Social Security Disability program, not the normal Social security benefits, described in the answer below. You can collect unemployment and Social Security in Illinois, BUT because of what is called the offset law, you will only receive part of your rightful unemployment payment. For example, $145 a week is deducted from my unemployment payment because I receive Social Security. The state legislature in Springfield has to repeal the offset law so senior workers can get our full unemployment payments. Illinois AARP can put you in touch with people who are trying to get the law repealed in the 2010 session. Illinois, Louisiana, Utah and Puerto Rico are the only places in the US that still have an offset law.
Yes, you can receive Social Security Disability (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Social Security retirement benefits and unemployment compensation if you …can meet the eligibility requirements of both programs. A few states, such as Illinois, Louisiana, South Dakota (until fund increases), Virginia (until fund increases), and Utah apply an offset of 50% for people receiving both social security benefits and unemployment compensation. This means your weekly unemployment check is reduced by 50% of the weekly value of your Social Security Disability (SSDI) check. [Minnesota applies a 50% offset only for people who began receiving disability benefits after their work separation.] Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is not counted as income for offset purposes. While federal laws and the Social Security Administration don't prohibit people on disability from receiving unemployment checks, state unemployment regulations require all unemployment recipients to be actively seeking, willing and able to accept suitable work (comparable to previous employment or something appropriate to your skill set) . This may creates a conflict if the unemployment entity in your state requires you to find full-time work, because you're generally not eligible for Social Security disability benefits if you're capable of full-time work. When you file for unemployment compensation, all states require you to provide your Social Security number (authorized under Internal Revenue Code of 1954, 26 U.S.C. 85, Sections 6011(a), 6050(b), 6109(a), P.L. 98-369, Section 1137(a)(1)). They will share information about your claim with other government agencies to determine how unemployment affects other benefits you may receive, such as Medicaid and food stamps. Under most state unemployment statutes, you must be ready, willing and able to accept employment, be actively seeking work, and must accept any reasonable employment offer for which you are qualified (unless there are legitimate, extenuating circumstances for refusing the offer), or your unemployment compensation can (and probably will) be terminated. If you are physically incapable of doing qualifying work under your state unemployment agreement, the state may consider you ineligible for benefits, or may consider your claim fraudulent if they later discover you're too disabled to fulfill your contractual agreement. Under these circumstances, you will be terminated from unemployment and may be required to repay any compensation you received.
No. They are different programs and do not affect each other.
Yes. If you qualify for unemployment benefits in your state, you can also collect Social Security benefits as they are 2 separate and distinct programs that do not interfere w…ith each other.
I believe this answer is slightly incorrect -- "Yes, you can. Under "Non monetary Issues" > "Disqualifications" item (f) on page 5 of the Related Link below, Social Security b…enefits are excluded from the disqualifying chargeable benefits you receive." As I understand it, people who live in Louisiana and Illinois and receive social security payments and are eligible for unemployment benefits will have money deducted from their unemployment checks. In illinois, half a person's weekly social security payment is deducted from that person's weekly unemployment check. Illinois AARP has made repealing the social security offset law a priority.
Yes, you can collect from them both at the same time, as long as you qualified for each of them. can you collect unemployment and social security
There are presently only 4 states that offset unemployment by your Social Security. The rest do not reduce your benefits.
i was laid off today, not due to poor performance, budgetary concerns. planned on working till 66.5 ....I am 62 ...can I collect unemployment and social security>
Yes, as long as you qualify for both.
The 4 states that will offset your unemployment benefits by some portion of your Social Security benefits are: Illinois, Louisiana, Utah, and Virginia. They can't change you…r Federal benefits, but they can adjust what they pay.
Yes, you can collect from them both at the same time, as long as you qualified for each of them.
It doesn't. However, Social Security benefits do affect unemployment benefits in 3 states (Illinois, Utah, and Virginia), where they offset unemployment by some portion of t…he SS benefit.
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Illinois, Utah, and Louisiana, according to the Related Link below.
No. You can collect both as long as you qualify for each of them. They're separate programs.
No. Alabama is not one of the 4 states that do offset unemployment with the Social Security.
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