Archive | April, 2014

Disability Application Numbers Falling

From the Wall Street Journal blog: The surge in the number of Americans receiving Social Security disability benefits – up 42% since 2004 – appears to have hit a plateau, but it’s unclear if the program has actually peaked and will ever recede. The number of Americans receiving benefits hit 10,939,936 in March 2013, and […]

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Tax Day: Are Social Security Benefits Taxable?

We are often asked at this time of year whether Social Security and SSI benefits are taxable. The answer depends upon a number of variables. Some people must pay taxes on their Social Security benefits. If you get Social Security, you should have received a Form SSA-1099, Social Security Benefit Statement, by early February. The […]

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Wait for Hearings Stretches in 2014

The long delays in processing applications for Social Security benefits has been the subject of years of analysis and dissatisfaction. Unfortunately it is not getting better, although the enormous backlogs have been reduced somewhat. There are still long delays at each of the application and appeal stages. The wait for a hearing – and hearing […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease Research is Promising

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most puzzling and damaging diseases that affects people. Put simply, the ailment destroys brain tissue. It can be a basis of a disability claim, as the evidence mounts. Within a matter of years, a person can go from a state of strong mental health to experiencing severe cognitive deficiencies. […]

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