Difference Between SSI and Social Security

by Robert
(Ravenswood, Wv)

My son was receiving SSI, so no child support was order for him, was paying $400.00 a month on daughter, 2 yrs after my daughters 18th birthday, was still paying even though she had two jobs making three times as much as I, and not attending school. I filed a modification, was told the two years over payment was my lost and I would have to start paying for my son now, because he is now getting Social Security instead of SSI. Social security is more than his SSI was. What gives?

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The difference
by: Child Support America Team Member

Hi Robert,

Here are the differences between the two. Your son may have been receiving SSI until his claim for SS was approved.

SSI, or Supplemental Security Income, is a federal program that provides monthly payments to people who do not have much income or own many things. SSI is for elderly people, as well as blind or disabled people of any age, including children. [SSI payments are not subject to federal taxes.]

SSA is a federal program that acts as a safety net for all citizens of the United States. In addition to retirement benefits, those who are disabled, dependent for support upon someone who receives social security income, and those who are a widow, widower, or child of someone who has died are eligible for benefits - if they meet the requirements. [Social Security payments may be subject to federal taxes.]

Have you contacted your caseworker about the lost back payments? Have you received a modification yet?


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