Q) can you get benefits working 24 hrs a week and does it interfere with social security payments?
A) Whether or not you can receive unemployment benefits while working 24 hours a week depends on the specific rules of your state’s unemployment program. Some states allow you to work part-time while still receiving benefits, as long as you earn less than a certain amount per week. Other states may reduce your benefits based on the amount of money you earn, regardless of the number of hours worked.
Regarding Social Security payments, receiving unemployment benefits does not directly affect your Social Security retirement or disability benefits. However, your unemployment benefits may be subject to income taxes, and if you are receiving Social Security disability benefits, your total income (including unemployment benefits) may affect your eligibility for those benefits. It’s always a good idea to consult with a tax professional or financial advisor to understand how your benefits may be affected.
The unemployment benefit amount of an individual may be reduced by the receipt of a pension or other retirement income, including Social Security and Railroad Retirement benefits. Unemployment insurance benefits are not counted under the Social Security annual earnings test and therefore do not affect your receipt of Social Security benefits.