Archive | February, 2008

Disability Income Qualfies for Tax Rebates

… If you didn’t owe federal income tax for 2007, you can still get a rebate of $300 (single) or $600 (married filing jointly) if you and/or your spouse had at least $3,000 in what the IRS calls qualifying income. Qualifying income includes earnings from a job or self-employment, certain Social Security benefits, certain railroad […]

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Social Security: Some Surprising Benefits

See this article in today’s Baltimore Sun, discussing all the ways Social Security protects us: ….The program will provide financial support to your spouse and young children if you die early. It is disability insurance if you are seriously injured. And Social Security provides a substantial amount of retirement income for the poor and prosperous, […]

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Coalition Calls For More SSA Funding

The American Federation of Government Employees and advocacy groups representing progressives and senior citizens called on Congress Tuesday to increase funding for the Social Security Administration and to pass legislation that would give lawmakers greater oversight of the agency’s staff levels, office closures and budgets. “In fiscal 2008, we received a slight increase over the […]

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Washington Post: SSA Budget Inadequate

Today’s Post reports on the effects of President Bush’s proposed budget: …But it may take more than that. It’s clear that many federal programs can only run smoothly when properly staffed. Take Social Security. In recent years, the agency’s field offices have lost staff, and waiting times for the public have increased. More than 50 […]

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Commissioner Feels Your Pain

Michael Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security: I know from personal experience how difficult Social Security’s disability process can be. When my father was 52, he suffered a severe cerebral hemorrhage caused by a rare form of brain cancer. As I took care of the application for him, it opened my eyes to the complicated rules […]

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