If a California resident is paid under the table for services rendered, it may still be possible for that person and others to get disability payments. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is designed to help people who have been unable to work or work substantially over the past 12 months. Those who are paid in cash usually don’t qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) because they don’t pay payroll taxes.

As a result, there are no earnings reported to the IRS. The earnings reported to the IRS are what is used to establish a person’s social security record. However, SSI benefits are available based on need as opposed to work record. Children, the elderly and the disabled may all be eligible. In addition, anyone who claims SSI benefits must meet income and resource requirements.

If an individual has a disability, it may result in medical bills and other expenses. It may also result in that person being unable to work. In the event that a person cannot or anticipates not being able to work over a 12 month period, it may be possible to qualify for government benefits. These benefits may help disabled individuals to pay medical expenses or simply make ends meet.

In addition to a disabled adult, the child or surviving spouse of an SSI recipient may also be entitled to benefits. In some cases, a child may be entitled to benefits because of blindness or another disability. An attorney may be able to talk more about who qualifies for such benefits and what requirements an individual must abide by to get them. Legal counsel may also be beneficial for those who have had a social security disability claim denied or who have any questions about their application.