#6 Going to jail means losing your payments
It is unlikely that you will end up incarcerated, but it is also better to be in the know about these things than let them come over you as a surprise. And in any case, it can be useful to know about these things so that if you know someone who has ended up in a situation where they will end up incarcerated, you can either tell them what will happen or help calm their nerves if they are worried they will lose their Social Security benefits.
Generally speaking, the SSA will stop making any payments to any person who has been criminally convicted and is incarcerated for more than 30 days. Yet, this does not mean that you will lose your benefits forever! It will not happen immediately, but the SSA can resume sending the payments starting the following month after the person has been released from prison.
Even if a person is incarcerated and cannot receive any benefits, the dependents and spouse of the person are not subject to the rule, and they will continue to receive the benefits as long as they are still considered eligible to receive them.
When it comes to SSDIs, the rule remains the same as with traditional Social Security. If you are spending time in jail for more than 30 days, then the payments will be suspended, and they will resume the month after the person is released. However, if the person is set to spend more than 12 months behind bars, then the payments will be terminated, and after they are released, the person will have to reapply.
What’s more, if the person is released on parole, then the SSA will not consider them eligible for receiving disability benefits.
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