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Are Social Security Benefits Taxable?

Posted November 22nd, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

In a one word answer, yes Social Security, disability and retirement, benefits are taxable IF your income is over a certain amount. Some people have to pay federal income taxes on their Social Security benefits, but this usually only happens if there is some other form of substantial income, such as wages, self-employment income, interest, […]



Will I Have to Speak at My Disability Hearing?

Posted November 21st, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

As a case manager, when I have to inform our clients at Greeman Toomey about hearings before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), a common question that is asked is if a claimant has to speak at the hearing. The answer is, if the ALJ wants to hear from you, you are going to have to […]



Are SSA Office Closings A Good Thing Or Bad Thing?

Posted November 19th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info Legal News SSA SSDI

Earlier this year the Senate Special Committee on Aging reported that Social Security closed more than 20 local field offices within the last year thus reducing access to retirement and disability services the agency provides. Many other organizations picked-up on this story and suggested this was a master plan by Social Security to, in the […]



News Report Attempts To Rile Taxpayers

Posted November 18th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

The Associated Press recently released a story about Social Security disability judges “improperly” approving disability cases over the last seven years, which has cost the American taxpayers $2 billion. This blog is not an attempt to justify these judges’ actions, but is intended to provide some context. The story is based on a government report, […]



Filing A Disability Claim After Someone Dies

Posted November 17th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

At our law office sometimes the unfortunate happens, one of our clients actually passes away while they are in the middle of a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim. There are many reasons that contribute to this, namely the severity of the claimant’s conditions, but also because claimants have to wait for the better part […]



New Initiative to Expedite Veteran Claims Launched

Posted November 16th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

About a month ago the Social Security Administration announced a new initiative to expedite the processing of disability claims for veterans, who have a Veteran’s Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100 percent, Total and Permanent (P&T). Earlier this month Social Security actually launched the initiative. The idea is to consider veterans who file claims […]



Social Security Disability and Early Retirement

Posted November 15th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

Despite the fact that Social Security disability and Social Security retirement are two different programs, those who seek benefits from these two programs may not be aware that you cannot collect both Social Security disability and Social Security retirement at the same time. This is better understood when you realize that Social Security Disability Insurance […]



What Comes First Stopping Work Or Social Security Disability?

Posted November 14th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

Call it the chicken or the egg scenario about what comes first, but Social Security disability and working is along the same lines. We receive calls all the time from people who say they are unable to work because of their disabilities, but they are contradicting themselves because they are currently working fulltime when they […]



What Happens When I Turn Retirement Age?

Posted November 13th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

Those who are collecting Social Security disability benefits due to medical conditions that prevents them from working at a substantial level probably have wondered at least once or twice about what may happen to their benefits once they reach the full Social Security retirement age. The main things they wonder about is will their disability […]



Rules About Same Sex Survival Benefits

Posted November 12th, 2014 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

Although Social Security is federally regulated agency, its rules relating to survivor’s benefits for same sex couples differs depending on which state you live in. That means that in 34 states where same sex marriage is legal that survivor benefits will be granted to the widow or widower of a same sex spouse, but that […]



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