April is Autism Month

Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. This year we want to go beyond simply promoting autism awareness to encouraging friends and […]

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Wondering About Taxes on Disability Benefits?

With April 15 looming on the horizon, many people ask questions about taxes on disability benefits. Some people have to pay federal income taxes on their Social Security benefits. This usually happens only if you have other substantial income (such as wages, self-employment, interest, dividends and other taxable income that must be reported on your […]

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How Do you Qualify for Social Security Disability?

To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must first have worked in jobs covered by Social Security. Then you must have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability. In general, we pay monthly cash benefits to people who are unable to work for a year or more because of a disability. […]

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US Disability Standards Strictest in the World

This is from a recent comment in the Columbus (OH) Dispatch, and very well put! The U.S. has by far the strictest set of requirements in the developed world; it is more difficult to win an award here than anywhere else. According to numerous sources, fraud amounts to less than 1 percent of total claimants. […]

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Benefits Paid as Claimant Dies

Here’s a heartbreaking story from Channel 11 in Atlanta, one that underscores the importance of having a lawyer help you with your claim early on. Melissa Kern, who suffered from ALS, spent seven long years pleading with Social Security to get her Social Security Disability Benefits–and for seven long years was summarily turned down. “I […]

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How Do Non-citizens and Nonresidents Get Benefits?

Social Security pays retirement and disability benefits to tens of millions of Americans. But the program doesn’t just provide for benefits to U.S. citizens. Indeed, even as controversy rages over the status of undocumented workers for various government programs, Social Security’s rules contain many provisions for resident and nonresident aliens, and some of them shock […]

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Social Security: More than Retirement Benefits!

  Social Security is more than just a retirement program. It provides important life insurance and disability insurance protection as well.   In June 2012, 56 million people, or about one in every six U.S. residents, collected Social Security benefits. While three-quarters of them received benefits as retirees or elderly widow(er)s, another 11 million (19 […]

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10 Social Security Rules That Are Insane

This excellent Social Security blog post by Charles Charles Hall shared a list of crazy rules from the regulation book for Social Secuirty employees: Laurence Kotlikoff has a list of excerpts from Social Security’s Program Operations Manual Series (POMS) 1 “Even if we caused the (benefits) overpayment, you must show that you are without fault.” […]

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