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What Social Security Considers Wages For Tax Purposes

There is a variety of types of income that Social Security determines as wages for tax purposes, but others it does not. Social Security has developed rules that identify which types of income are wages and which type of income are not. Do payments from a plan or system for sickness, retirement, etc. count as… Read more »

The Trouble In Tampa

A recent article in the Tampa Bay Times chronicled one woman’s effort to get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The story is all too common in the world of Social Security disability and is an example of how frustrating the process can be. We have informed previously that wait times for disability hearings have… Read more »

What Social Security Considers Wages For Tax Purposes

There is a variety of types of income that Social Security determines as wages for tax purposes, but others it does not. Social Security has developed rules that identify which types of income are wages and which type of income are not. Do payments from a plan or system for sickness, retirement, etc. count as… Read more »

How A Government Shutdown Impacts Social Security

The threat of a government shutdown was averted Thursday, December 7 when Congress passed a two-week funding bill just hours before a deadline to pass a new budget. The measure is a temporary fix as a budget agreement will still need to be reached, otherwise there could be another government shutdown in the future. Every… Read more »

Social Security Payment Dates

 When a person becomes eligible for some form of Social Security benefit the first thing people want to know is when they are going to be paid. Social Security has specific rules related to payments dates, below is a more in-depth explanation of exact dates Social Security beneficiaries can expect to be paid. When Are… Read more »

Bill Introduced To Strengthen Representative Payee Program

Social Security’s representative payee program is supposed to assist disabled individuals manage their disability payments. The program was setup for people who are significantly impaired, who are determined by the agency to require assistance in managing their benefits. Unfortunately, sometimes the opposite occurs and the designated payee misuses the beneficiary’s benefits and takes advantage of… Read more »

The 8 Types Of Disability Protection Under Social Security’s Rules

A disability can impact a family in many different ways, and it is important to know that there are many different types of disability programs that not only protect the disabled individual, but also family members. Here is a look at all the different protections Social Security provides. Monthly cash benefits for a disabled worker… Read more »

How Social Security Keeps Track Of Your Earnings

If you work for an employer, chances are both you and your employer pay Social Security taxes. These taxes help make workers eligible for disability and retirement benefits when needed, and if your employer is reporting your income correctly, Social Security can determine exactly what amounts you may be eligible for if you do request… Read more »

Social Security Payment Centers

Social Security has a variety of different offices across the country and these offices vary in functionality and responsibilities. Some offices, like the Office of Hearings Operation (OHO) focus on hearing requests before Administrative Law Judges (ALJ). The Appeals Council conducts reviews of ALJ decisions and field offices take applications for retirement and disability benefits,… Read more »

The Medicare Waiting Period

Few people who go through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process realize that if they do in fact win a disability case and are found disabled they are not, many times, immediately eligible for Medicare. Medicare was originally intended for Social Security retirement recipients, age 65 and older, but was later expanded to include… Read more »