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Do I Have to File Taxes While Receiving Disability Benefits?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Since 1955, Tax Day has rolled around once a year, typically on April 15th for those living in the United States, and June 15th for US citizens living abroad or in a US territory (due to a two-month automatic extension granted by the IRS). For individuals working for an employer, tax season is pretty straightforward; your employer deducts taxes from your paycheck, and at the end of the year you receive a W-2 form telling you how much you owe the government—or how much the government owes you. For Social Security Disability (SSDI) beneficiaries, it’s not quite as cut and dry. Let’s take a closer look.

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Applying for SSDI Online? Can I Track My Documents?

Posted by Scott Flexer

The Social Security Administration has a rich history rooted in the mid 1930’s; just last year they celebrated their 80th anniversary. The SSA has progressed over the past decades to keep up with the times and accommodate newer technologies and processes making it more convenient for their applicants and benefit recipients.

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Why are Some of my Monthly SSD Payments Decreasing?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Have you checked your recent monthly disability payment from the SSA and found the amount isn’t what it was before? While an increase may not seem like a problem, the opposite poses potential problems. In the event that your monthly SSD payments are decreasing, you may be wondering why this is the case.

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When do Social Security Disability Benefits Stop?

Posted by Scott Flexer

There is never a concrete date universal to everyone concerning Social Security disability benefits. This includes a start date, stop date, or transition to Social Security Retirement benefits (this happens when you reach full retirement age, which varies depending on the year you were born). Sometimes, your benefits stop due to a disability review in which it is determined that your medical condition has improved, or you have returned to work. The short answer is this: it’s different for everyone.

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How Long Can I Receive Disability Benefits For?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Once you are approved for disability benefits (whether it’s SSDI or SSI), the payment process begins. Be aware that it may take a certain amount of time after you are approved for benefits until payments come into effect and are actually issued to you. As dictated by the SSA, your payments aren’t able to begin until you’ve been disabled for at least 5 full months (this does not apply to those filing as children of workers). This means the SSA will start paying for the 6th full month after the disability date started. This waiting period applies only to SSDI and not to SSI benefits.

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[New Guide] What to do Once you Have Disability Benefits

Posted by Scott Flexer

There are always questions concerning the application process, as well as once you begin receiving disability benefits—SSDI or otherwise. Many times, there aren’t appropriate resources or experts readily available while you’re receiving benefits from the SSA.

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When and How Will I Receive my Disability Check?

Posted by Scott Flexer

After the arduous process of becoming approved for benefits,  the expectation for receipt of your benefits should be swift and instant. That is the expectation, but the outcome is, most of the time, vastly different: as you know, you are encouraged to apply for disability benefits only after you’ve been deemed to be disabled , and then it can take months upon completion of your application until you receive notice of your benefits (if you’re even approved at all the first time). Read More
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Stay informed of changes and new policies that can affect your disability benefits!