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Ask Rusty – Do COVID-19 Bonuses Count Toward the Earnings Limit?

January 11, 2021 | Presenting: Russell Gloor - AMAC Foundation Social Security Advisor

I’m 63 and still working, and I receive Social Security benefits. Because of COVID-19 my employer has been giving us a $300 bonus, every 3 months. This will be $1,200 for the year and it will put me over the $18,240 earnings limit for this year. My question is, since these bonuses are COVID-19 related are they still considered earned income? My second question is, if I go over the limit does Social Security stop my check, even if it might be a portion of the check? Signed: Working During COVID-19

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