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Are SSI and Social Security Disability Payments Exempt from Bankruptcy Claims?

If you receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and file for bankruptcy, your checks are usually safe.

If your benefits come from SSI, which is a welfare program for the needy, they are always exempt from creditor claims.

However, SSDI payments technically qualify as "work" income, so they may be subject to bankruptcy claims.

Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2009

Here is a link to the "Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2009". This report provides a wealth of statistical information on the Social Security Disability program.

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2009/index.html

Highlights

Size and Scope of the Social Security Disability Program

* Disability benefits were paid to over 8.9 million people.
* Awards to disabled workers (970,696) accounted for over 89 percent of awards to all disabled beneficiaries (1,081,983).

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