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How the Holiday Season Affects Disability Payments

Disability and Holiday Payments

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The Social Security Administration provides calendars to help beneficiaries plan their budgets.  The 2023 calendar and 2024 calendar have been made available, but you can use the following rules to help you determine when your disability payments will occur .  

How Do Holidays Impact Disability Payments Schedules?

Social Security (SSDI) payments typically occur on the third of each month and on the second, third and fourth Wednesday of each month. Your birth date typically determines your particular Social Security payment date. A broad exception is for individuals who are receiving benefits under someone else’s work record.  In those situations, payments are determined based on the worker’s birthdate.  

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments occur on the first of each month.  If someone is receiving both SSDI and SSI, payments occur on the 3rd of each month.  

Ssdi disability payments

Payments are not made on weekends or on recognized holidays.  If a regularly scheduled payment happens to fall on a holiday or a weekend, then those payments are made at the first available date prior.

SSI Payments 

SSI payments will be paid on December 1.  The January payment will be made on December 29th.  (January 1 is a federal holiday and the 30th and 31st fall on the weekend.  )

SSDI Payments  

SSDI payments are made based on your birthday pursuant to the following table:

Birth date onBenefits Paid on
1st-10thSecond Wednesday of the month
11th-20thThird Wednesday of the month
21st – 31stFourth Wednesday of the month

Most SSDI payments are not impacted by the holidays this season.  All the December and January payments will be made at the regularly scheduled times.  

You can see the exceptions play out in 2024.  Christmas falls on a Wednesday so the 21st – 31st birthdays will receive their payments on Christmas Eve. 

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In 2024, you could be eligible for up to $3,822/month in SSDI benefits.

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December 20, 2023

Written by TC Newlin

TC is a disability litigator and one of the managing partners in the Social Security Disability Department at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. He has had the pleasure of helping thousands of people obtain the benefits they so desperately need.


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