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Rate of Withholding

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

1910. Rate of Withholding

1910.1 What is the rate of withholding under the RSDI programs?

If you are under the RSDI program, we withhold all benefits until the overpayment is recovered, unless:

  1. You request a lesser withholding; and

  2. You demonstrate that full withholding will cause financial hardship.

1910.2 What is the rate of withholding under the SSI program?

If you are under the SSI program, your benefits are withheld at the lesser rate of:

  1. Your entire monthly benefit; or

  2. An amount equal to 10 percent of your total countable income (including SSI and State supplementary payments). (See Chapter 21.)

Last Revised: Jun. 22, 2004

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