The short answer to this question is “yes.” Strictly speaking, there are no restrictions that keep someone on SSI from getting and using a credit card.
Generally, the more countable income you have, the less your SSI benefit will be. If your countable income is over the allowable limit, you cannot receive SSI benefits. Some of your income may not count as income for the SSI program.
Now you know credit cards for disabled people are not impossible to obtain. Begin by building your credit score through the use of a secured credit card. Within about 12 months, you may be able to transfer that card into an unsecured credit card.
If you receive benefits through the federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, the Social Security Administration (SSA) can check your bank account. They do this to verify that you still meet the program requirements. SSI is resource-specific and reserved for disabled people with limited means.
As we explain in this blog post, SSI can check your bank accounts anywhere from every one year to six years, or when you experience certain life-changing experiences. The 2022 maximum amount of available financial resources for SSI eligibility remains at $2,000 for individuals and $3,000 for couples.
WHAT IS THE RESOURCE LIMIT? The limit for countable resources is $2,000 for an individual and $3,000 for a couple.
If you are living on disability benefits, and your only real asset is your home, the credit card companies and most other creditors have no way to collect from you at this time. You are probably what is known as “judgment proof.” Creditors cannot seize disability payments from recipients.
Fortunately, SSDI benefits cannot be garnished by creditors, including credit card companies, mortgage lenders, or auto financing companies, to satisfy a debt. However, these types of disability benefits can be garnished by the federal government.
Disability income isn't treated like ordinary income for the purposes of debt collection. That means that, by federal law, debt collectors usually can't garnish your Social Security disability benefits for credit card debt.
During the 36-month extended period of eligibility, you usually can make no more than $1,350 ($2,260 if you are blind) a month in 2022 or your benefits will stop. These amounts are known as Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA).
For 2022, the amount of earnings that will have no effect on eligibility or benefits for SSI beneficiaries who are students under age 22 is $8,230 a year. The amount of earnings that we can exclude each month, until we have excluded the maximum for the year, is $2,040 a month.
Generally no, debt collectors can't take your Social Security or VA benefits directly out of your bank account or prepaid card. After a debt collector sues you for the debt and wins a judgment, it can get a court order for your bank or credit union to turn over money from your account or prepaid card.
Most credit card companies are unlikely to forgive all your credit card debt, but they do occasionally accept a smaller amount in settlement of the balance due and forgive the rest. The credit card company might write off your debt, but this doesn't get rid of the debt—it's often sold to a collector.
SSI payments cannot be levied or garnished. Treasury's Financial Management Service can also offset, or reduce, your Social Security benefits to collect delinquent debts owed to other Federal agencies, such as student loans owed to the Department of Education.
Recipients of SSDI and SSI can have their disability benefits taken away for many reasons. The most common reasons relate to an increase in income or payment-in-kind. Individuals can also have their benefits terminated if they are suspected of fraud or convicted of a serious crime.
If you qualify for SSD benefits, the amount of money you have in the bank is not important. That is because this is a system you have paid into while working – it is not a system based on need. Your assets are not part of the consideration when the SSA is determining whether you can receive SSDI benefits.
There are certain debts, however, that Social Security can be garnished to pay for. Those debts include federal taxes, federal student loans, child support and alimony, victim restitution, and other federal debts.
For those who suffer from severe and permanent disabilities, there is no “expiration date” set on your Social Security Disability payments. As long as you remain disabled, you will continue to receive your disability payments until you reach retirement age.
The maximum benefit depends on the age you retire. For example, if you retire at full retirement age in 2022, your maximum benefit would be $3,345. However, if you retire at age 62 in 2022, your maximum benefit would be $2,364. If you retire at age 70 in 2022, your maximum benefit would be $4,194.
If you need proof that you get Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicare, you can get a benefit verification letter online by using your my Social Security account.
We'll ask you the same kind of questions you answered when you applied for SSI. We'll need information about your income, your resources, your living arrangements, and your bank accounts. Keep the savings or checking account statements you get from your bank. You may need them when we review your case.
Can I split the direct deposit of my Social Security benefit between two bank accounts? Currently our system allows direct deposit only to a single account, at a financial institution (e.g. checking account, savings account, or prepaid card account).
If you need to take a break, you can use this 11 word phrase to stop debt collectors: “Please cease and desist all calls and contact with me, immediately.” Here is what you should do if you are being contacted by a debt collector.