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Medical Resident FICA Forum
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Losing out on Social Security Disability Benefit

I had a client ask whether getting the FICA refund might impact her ability to collect the Social Security Disability Benefit down the road. So I went to www.ssa.gov, and here's what I found:

The number of work credits you need to qualify for disability benefits depends on your age when you
become disabled. Generally, you need 40 credits, 20 of which were earned during the last 10 years ending with the year you became disabled.

(One credit equals one quarter of work. For 2010, you earn one credit for each $1,120 of FICA wages or self-employment income earned.)

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