Being married by itself is not going to affect your ability to obtain Social Security Disability Benefits in Texas, what will is the income that you and your spouse earn. Married couples must include the income that each partner has when they file their taxes. Even when a couple chooses to file separately, they must still enter this information. The combined income of married couples is what determines what tax bracket they fall in. The current tax system takes ranges of income and then assigns a percentage of taxes that are taken by the government. Depending on your tax bracket, you may not be able to get several government benefits like Social Security Disability Insurance.
For questions about your ability to obtain SSDI in Texas, please call the Texas SSDI attorney Brad Thomas. Brad Thomas has extensive experience helping individuals with their SSDI claims and Brad Thomas can give you the support and assistance you need with yours.
Why Does Your Marital Income Affect Your Texas SSDI?
It is the combination of your income and your spouse’s that will determine your tax bracket even when your personal income is not considerable. Your own income may have placed you in a lower tax bracket but when you got married to a high-earning spouse, together the sum of both of your incomes will make you subject to a higher tax bracket. This movement between tax brackets due to bringing together incomes during a marriage is often referred to as the “marriage penalty.”
For some couples that have the financial means to absorb the impact of one spouse who becomes disabled and cannot work, others that are just trying to get by are going to be in trouble. If you are able to get SSDI in Texas, that doesn’t mean that your benefits will not be liable to considerable taxation. The SSDI can tax benefits in the following ways:
- Income that is under $32,000 annually will not face taxation.
- Income that is $32,000 to $44,000 will be subject to a 50% taxation.
- Income that is more than $44,000 will face an 85% taxation.
Individuals that have built up enough work credits from their work history and have a disability or disease that is severe enough to prevent them from working may qualify for SSDI benefits in Texas. After your Texas SSDI benefits are approved you may still work but you cannot make more than $1,310 monthly if you want to retain your benefits.
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Couples that are not married but who live together may also have their ability to secure benefits impacted. Under common-law marriage standards in Texas, the state can determine that your status is married which will put you in the same predicament of being hit with the marriage penalty as other legally married couples. Getting SSDI in Texas can be a tricky process but you do not have to navigate the complex system alone. Call the Brad Thomas Law Office to schedule your free consultation with a Texas disability attorney today at (972) 863-2367.