Seasonal Work While Getting Social Security

" "Many people pick up side jobs when the holiday shopping season comes around. It’s a good way for you to make some extra income during the busy season or ease back into working if you have been out of the labor force for a while. We’re here to help you navigate working seasonally if you get Social Security.

You can get Social Security retirement or survivors benefits and work at the same time. But if you’re younger than full retirement age and earn more than certain amounts, your benefits will be reduced, although not dollar for dollar. Your benefits may increase when you reach full retirement age. You can read more about working while retired.

If you receive Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), special rules also make it possible for people to work and still receive monthly payments. If you want to try working again, seasonal work may help you ease back into the work force. Read Working While Disabled or visit our Ticket to Work website for more information.

We also have an easy-to-share video introducing people to Ticket to Work.

Keep in mind that you must report all earnings, including your seasonal earnings, to Social Security. Your earnings also count toward your future benefits. You earn Social Security credits when you work in a job and pay Social Security taxes. We use your total yearly earnings to figure your Social Security credits. You can learn more by reading How You Earn Credits.

Having a job can bring positive change to your life in a number of ways, providing independence, fulfillment, and community involvement. Social Security is here to help. Please share this information with friends and family.

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58 thoughts on “Seasonal Work While Getting Social Security

  1. I don’t understand how you can work all of your adult life and social security is being withdrawn the entire time that you work. The maximum you can get is about 1,400, you then get a job where they continue to take social security out and they can and will reduce your pay. It makes a person just want to sit down and do nothing and let the system pay for everything.

    • Most people who made above minimum wage are drawing much more then 1400.00 a month. My husband is suppose to draw 1795.00 at retirement age which is next year. If you are disabled or retired and NOT drawing Ssi then you can work and earn over 1k a month with losing your benefits. So NO reason to sit down on the government because they do allow people to continue to work and make money if they stay below a certain amount.

    • It sounds like you are looking to retire at 62 in which case you’re benefits are substantially less than if you wait to full retirement age of 66, and also less than if you wait until 70 to claim. If you can, do NOT claim before you are 66.

    • Hi, Steven. Thanks for your question. If you are younger than full retirement age and make more than the yearly earnings limit, this can reduce the number of payments you receive through the year. For 2020 that limit is $18,240. If you applied and received benefits prior to attainment of full retirement age, and work part-time thereafter you will be considered “retired” only if your monthly earnings are $1,520 or less. Also, if your earnings will be over the limit for the year but you will be retired for part of the year, we have a special rule that applies to earnings for one year. If you work and are full retirement age or older, you may keep all of your benefits, no matter how much you earn, starting with the month you reach your full retirement age. Please visit our Retirement Planner: Getting Benefits While Working for more information. If you have specific questions about your situation, please call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 and speak with one of our agents. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. We hope this helps.

  2. I have tried to get into my account with SSA but twice now I have been told they would send me in the mail the way to reset my password. I have not received a letter yet. This was two months ago when I first questioned it. How do I reset my password, thank you

    • You can call the 1800 number and they can reset it over the phone, but you still may have to answer the ID questions that lock you out. If you have a problem with the ID questions you need to call Equifax 800.685.1111 because they are in charge of the ID questions.

    • Hi, Cheryl. We are sorry to hear about your experience. To retrieve or change your account username or password, go here. If you still need assistance call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “help desk.” We hope this helps.

  3. i am retired and have been working for 7 yrs 20 hrs a wk at shoprite. I get maybe $20 extra a year from ss. I am 73 and enjoy my coworkers and it gives me something to do and keeps my mind busy. the work is not easy but its something I do well.

    • at your age do you have to claim your ss on your taxs every year. i do and it brings my income tax return down to hardly nothing.i thought at our age we could work as long as we wanted and it wouldnt affect our returns

  4. I am a72 year old physician still in private practice STILL pay FICA taxes both employee and employer contributions—- i waited until age 70 to collect social security—- will my monthly benefit go up as i contribute and have been for last 2 years ??

  5. c/o;
    The Social Security Administration; (SSA);
    Ann Arbor, Michigan; (USA);
    12/12/2019; December;

    Clerk;

    Please Note;

    Thank You, I Appreciate Your Support
    For An Offer Of An: “Early Retirement” Option;
    Of, “Part Time Employment”; As An: Employee,
    Of, “Pure Michigan Talent Connect”; (2019); (KMC);

    Of, A Website;
    jobs.mitalent.org;
    Job Totals (#9,441); (2019); (KMC);
    Of, Two, (02), “Online Services”; Resumes;
    1); “Microsoft Word”; (PDF);
    &;
    2); “Acrobat Adobe Reader, XI”; Of, (X);
    Of, A: “Portable Document Format”;
    (2013) – (2019), (KMC);

    I Was Contacted, Via Of, A Mobile Phone,
    By “The: Social Security Administration”;
    On November, 21, 2019,
    About The Option Of An “Early Retirement”;
    (Of, A Monthly Amount), As An: Employee Of “Pure Michigan Talent Connect”; (2019); (KMC);

    My Address Is:
    Ms. Kristen M. Carlson;
    1086, Greenhills Drive;
    APT (#841),
    Ann Arbor, Michigan;
    48105; (2722), (2719);
    (USA);

    Phone:
    1(734)276-9068; (KMC);

    Thank You!;
    Sincerely;
    Ms. Kristen M. Carlson;
    Of, “Pure Michigan Talent Connect”;
    (2019); (KMC);

  6. I’m on Social Security Disability. Every time I try to get a job. I report it. I also report my income.

    Now our state raised min wage to $15 an hour. I’m afraid I’ll lose all my benefits if I start work again.

    I feel like a yoyo. SSA one year says I was underpaid. So I get a retropayment. But at the end of the year, SSA says oops you owe SSA Thousands of dollars.. We paid you too much.

    So I’m afraid to go back to work because SSA does not know what they are doing.

    Anyone has this same problem I have?

  7. Voudrais juste apporter une précision concernant les 35 ans de travail retenu pour ma carrière. En fait, pendant presque tout ce temps j’ai travaillé jours et nuits ainsi : pendant la journée j’enseigne au lycée ou je vendais du matériel pédagogique aux établissements scolaires et pendant la nuit je fabriquais ce matériel .

  8. Good morning Ms Bogle. My name is Alberto Barnett. I claimed for SSI when I turned 66 1/2 years of age. According to what I was advised, I did not meet the criteria to have my SSI increased to more than I’m receiving now. I would like to know why? The individual I spoke to stated that is all I was entitled to. Why are caucasians continuously getting so much more than the black senior citizens? Whe paid our dues as well, why are we being shortchanged? Please, can you assist me with this endeavor. Thank you.

    • Hi, Alberto. We are sorry to hear about your situation. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

    • Hi, Laura. Each year we review the records for all working Social Security recipients to see if additional earnings may increase monthly benefits. If your earnings for the prior year are higher than one of the years we used to compute your retirement benefit, we will recalculate your benefit amount. Generally, we will send a letter explaining any increase in your benefit amount. Please call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or contact your local office directly for further assistance. We hope this helps.

    • Thanks for your question, James. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is not taxable. However, under current law, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers Social Security benefits taxable income for beneficiaries whose countable income exceeds certain limits. For more information, please visit here. We hope this helps.

  9. My husband is 74 years old already collecting his SS. He still work’s part time three day’s a week. When he decides to stop working totally will his SS check get adjusted because of earning the extra credits while working his part time job these past ten yrs plus?

    • Hi, Linda. Thanks for your question. Each year we review the records for all working Social Security recipients to see if additional earnings may increase monthly benefits. If your husband’s earnings for the prior year are higher than one of the years we used to compute his retirement benefit, we will recalculate his benefit amount. Generally, we will send a letter explaining any increase in his benefit amount. For more information, visit our Benefits Planner: Getting Benefits While Working. We hope this helps.

  10. I’m trying to make an appointment for the ticket to work i went to 2 agencies and noone wants to help I been waiting already a year no phone call or email 3106581375

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  12. I am getting phone messages daily, 3 today, saying my social security number has been compromised. I must contact this law enforcement officer immediately or a warrent for my arrest will be issued. The calls have been coming daily for the last week.
    I have reported these calls several years ago and now they have begun again.

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    • Hi, Adriana. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  14. Hello! Rep, I Antoine Mack wanted to know how long does it takes to receive social security. Do I need to re- apply for social security benefits. If so, you can call me at (224)413-2671. Thank you!

    • Hi, Antoine. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. If you still need assistance, please call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

    • Hi, Vonda. If you are referring to Social Security disability benefits, special rules allow you to work temporarily without losing your monthly Social Security disability benefits. After your nine-month trial work period, we still provide a safety net that allows you to work another three years risk free. During those three years, you can work and still receive benefits for any month in which your earnings do not exceed a certain limit. For 2020 those limits are: $2,110 for blind individuals; or $1,260 a month if you are not blind. For more information on working while receiving Social Security disability benefits, click here. We hope this helps.

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