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Taxes and Your Disability Benefits Part II: Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Benefits (SSI) are often a point of confusion for individuals filing taxes. This point of confusion, fought against by disability attorneys, is often conflated by the Social Security Administration. The SSA encourages those receiving SSI to report it. In spite of what people think, Supplemental Security Benefits are completely non-taxable and, as such,…

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Medical Care: The Key To Your Social Security Case

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program of the Social Security Administration to pay benefits to injured workers who are no longer to earn significant earnings at a job that exists in substantial numbers in the United States economy.  Unfortunately it is extremely difficult to obtain SSDI even when you are seriously disabled, simply…

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Social Security Now Provides Online Version Of The Social Security Statement

As of May 1, 2012, eligible workers can get their Social Security Statement information online.  People can find information about their earnings and potential Social Security retirement, disability and survivor benefits. Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue explains,  “Our new online Social Security Statement is simple,  easy-to-use and provides people with estimates they can use for…

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Marks its 40th Anniversary

In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the law creating the Supplemental Security Income program better known as SSI. As a federal program, SSI took over a number of state and federal elderly anti-poverty and disability programs throughout the country. The recipients of these programs were “subject to great inequalities and considerable red tape inherent in…

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Senate Bill To Reduce SSDI Benefits If Receiving Unemployment Benefits Under Consideration

The Senate Finance Committee is currently reviewing Senate Bill 1099 “The Reducing Overlapping Payment Act.” The bill, if passed, would reduce a person’s Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payment to zero for any month they received unemployment benefits also. Currently, the SSA policy on the receipt of unemployment benefits is just one of many factors…

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SPOUSAL SOCIAL SECURITY

When an employee files for retirement benefits, their spouse may be eligible for a benefit based on the employee’s earnings, but what happens when the worker dies, the couple divorces or when one spouse is disable? The world of social security can feel much like a mouse maze if not navigated with correct information. Spouses…

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