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Megan C
Megan C, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
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Experience:  Licensed CPA, CMA, CFE, CGMA M.Accy Also Teach Accounting courses at Master's Level
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Can I get paid to stay home with my daughter, who just lost

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Can I get paid to stay home with my daughter, who just lost both of her legs in a car accident? She was 18, just turned 19, and I want to stay home with her. Would I have to show that I lost income from my job because she needed me there? For the past 8 months, I have been having my business partner (In a business we own jointly) pay my share of the profit to my husband, so that I can show that I lost income. She is getting uncomfortable with this, so I need some advice. We are in Maryland, and my daughter will likely be getting SSi herself, but we need me to get paid, too, because I don't feel comfortable being at work when she is home alone.

Megan C :

I realize you have a question about social security. My goal is to provide you with excellent service, and help you better understand your options.

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First off, I want to say that my heart goes out to you and I'm so sorry to hear about your situation.

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I wish I had better news for you, but unfortunately social security does not provide for caregivers.

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You can read about that, HERE

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However, you can check with your local department of human services to see if there are any other forms of assistance that could be available to you.

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If you are at least 62 you could file for early retirement through social security. If you did that, then your daugther who is disabled before the age of 22 would be able to draw a benefit equal to 1/2 of your benefit

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This may be more than she would otherwise get through SSI

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Can you find out if the State of Maryland offers anything that would help?

Thank you for your reply. I had done some research a few days ago when you initially asked your question. There are no funds that are available in Maryland to pay caregivers. I'm truly sorry.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

One more thing - so there is no real reason for me to be trying to show that my income has been affected because of caring for my daughter? Nothing that I can gain by proving that? Does it affect the amount of SSI she can get for being disabled?

Thank you for your follow up. You are correct - there's no real reason to show that you have had your income impacted. Your income will not impact her SSI benefit - that's for her as she is over 18. It's based on her income.

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