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JOSHUA - Must i pay tithing if i receive only ssi as my wage? Im on permanent disability. Ive heard yes and no from some church members. I want to do what the lord asks of me.

JOEL - The Lord asks you to make this decision on your own, according to your faith. One way to look at it is if you paid tithing based on your gross wages while working, then in theory you have already paid tithing on that SSI money. But if you think about it, the Social Security money you receive back after you retire or during disability is probably going to be far greater than anything you had withheld from your paychecks.

Ultimately it is up to you what you decide is an honest full tithe. A 1970 letter from the First Presidency stated that, notwithstanding the fact that members should pay one-tenth of their income, "every member of the Church is entitled to make his own decision as to what he thinks he owes the Lord and to make payment accordingly" (Doxey, Roy W. Tithing: The Lord's Law. Salt Lake City, 1976).

The best person to talk to about this is your Bishop who can help you with your own particular situation. Here's an interesting article from Orson Scott Card on tithing:

Orson Scott Card: Tithing and taxes

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