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If I File For Social Security Disability Will They Offset My Pension?

The answer to this question is not a simple yes or no. It depends upon the type of pension the disability applicant is receiving. Most pensions do not offset an individual’s Social Security disability benefits. Individuals who are receiving a pension based upon earnings that were covered by Social Security taxes will not have any kind of offset of their Social Security disability benefits.

However, there were, and are, some employers who did not buy into the Social Security system and, in these cases, no Social Security taxes were withheld from their employees’ earnings. Individuals who worked for employers who were not part of the system (but collected other tax on their employees' earnings) may still be eligible to receive a disability benefit--but it may be offset due to a pension based upon their non-covered work, i.e. earnings not taxed for Social Security.

There are some exceptions to this rule. For instance, if an individual has thirty years of covered earnings at a certain level, they may be excluded from an offset.

Some examples of employers who may not have taken out Social Security taxes might be state governments, federal government, some medical facilities, and school districts, just to name a few. If a person receives a pension from an employer who did not withhold Social Security taxes, they will have an offset of their Social Security disability or retirement benefit unless they meet one of the offset exclusions.

On the other hand, individuals who have military pensions, or pensions from employers who withheld Social Security taxes, can receive Social Security disability and their pensions with no offset. This means they can receive the full amount of their benefit from both their employer and Social Security if the employer has no offset provision for their pension.

Some employers try to offset the amount they have to pay an individual when the individual becomes entitled to other benefits. Most employers do not offset retirement pensions, but they may offset the amount they pay if an individual is receiving a pension based upon disability.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

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These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How to claim disability
Disability claim appeal status
How to get you Social Security Disability status
How does a person qualify for disability benefits?
How do you Apply for SSI?
How Much Income Can you Earn If you draw Social Security Disability?
Can you work if you get SSI?
How long will you get disability after an award notice?
If You Get Social Security Disability or SSI, Will Your Dependents Get A Check?
Social Security Disability denied
Time on a Social Security Disability Decision
How to apply for disability for a child or children
Denied Twice For SSD or SSI Disability, What Do I Do?
f I get disability will my children receive benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI - Retroactive Benefits Vs Back Pay Benefits
How long do you have To Be Out Of Work Before You Get Social Security Disability (SSD)?
How to file for disability and medical conditions
What Does Social Security Consider To Be a Disability?
When does social security consider you eligible for disability benefits?
Qualifying for disability benefits with the social security administration
How to get disability
Will I be approved for disability on my appeal?
How to appeal a disability denial