The federally funded Social Security Disability program aids taxpayers who have paid into Social Security and have a medically disabling condition by providing disability insurance. Such insurance provides income in cases where working is impossible due to a medical disability. However, most people do not know how much income the disability benefits will come to, which becomes of vital importance if you become disabled.
Things You'll Need
- Social Security statement
- All federal tax return summaries (optional)
Go to Social Security Online’s website for the online benefit calculator (see Resources).
Enter your birth date in the box “Date of birth.”
Enter your planned retirement age under “Age at retirement.”
Choose the option “Today’s dollars” under “Today’s dollars or future dollars.”
Enter the amount you earned each year in the coordinating box under “Annual earnings.” You can use the Social Security Statement or your tax return information.
Enter the amount you expect to earn in total for the present year under “Earnings in 2010” and the estimated earnings for future years under “Earnings in 2011 and later.”
Click “Calculate Benefit” under the “Calculate” heading.
Review your estimates. Eligibility for retirement, disability and survivor insurance is revealed under “Benefit eligibility.” Below that, “Benefit estimates” provides your current disability benefit estimate.