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Glossary of Social Security Disability Law Terms

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Wage Earner: A person who earns Social Security credits while working for wages or self-employment income.

Wages: All payment for services performed for an employer. The cash value of all compensation paid to an employee in any form other than cash is also considered wages (unless the form of payment is specifically not covered under the Social Security Act).

Widow: If you and the person who died were legally married at the time of death, then you are considered that person’s widow/widower.

Wage cap: The maximum amount of a worker’s earnings that are subject to the Social Security payroll tax. The amount taxed increases annually with wages.