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Will a Child's Social Security Benefit Be Reduced If the Child Works?

  • January 29th, 2016
Q
My husband is 70 years old and our adopted son is 16 years old.  Our son is getting Social Security benefits based on my husband's work record. My son wants to get a part-time job while he is in school. I was wondering if his earnings would at any point disqualify him for the Social Security benefits.
A

If you are younger than full retirement age and make more than the yearly earnings limit, Social Security will reduce your benefit. The yearly earnings limit for 2016 is $15,720. If your son were to earn more than $15,720, Social Security would deduct $1 from his benefit payments for every $2 he earns above the annual limit.

For more information on how work affects Social Security benefits, go here: http://www.elderlawanswers.com/how-does-work-affect-your-social-security-payments--7154

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Last Modified: 01/29/2016

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