SSA logo: link to Social Security Online home1838. What earnings are disregarded when a convicted person makes a claim for benefits?

If the additional penalty is imposed and you make a claim for monthly Social Security benefits, the following earnings creditable to any Social Security record on which you have claimed benefits are ignored:

  1. All wages paid:

    1. For convictions prior to 1978-All wages paid in or before the calendar quarter in which you were convicted; or

    2. For convictions after 1977-All wages paid in or before the calendar year in which you were convicted; and

  2. All net earnings from self-employment derived in or before the taxable year in which you were convicted.