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Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

Sources of Funds for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Benefits

136. Sources of Funds for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Benefits

136.1 How are Social Security benefits funded?

To pay for Retirement, Survivors, Disability Insurance, and Hospital Insurance Benefits, taxes are collected from employers, employees, and the self-employed who are working in jobs and businesses covered by Social Security.

136.2 How are SSI payments funded?

SSI payments are paid from the general revenues of the U.S. and in States which supplement the Federal benefits from State funds.

Last Revised: Jun. 30, 2004


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