Self Employment Income: The Comparability Test of Fair Compensation

If someone is able to pass the first test, the Social Security department will then apply the second test. This will be used to see whether or not someone is being compensated at a reasonable level for the work that is being performed. Of course, this is a subjective matter. Therefore, the department will compare […]

Self Employment Income: The First Test is Significant Income

The first of the three tests that the Social Security department will use is going to check and see if someone is either giving significant services or is earning a large income. This test has two separate arms that an individual will need to pass in order to move on to the next test. First, […]

Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance?

Do You Have Questions about the Social Security Disability Insurance Application Process? There are many questions that people have about social security disability insurance. One of the hardest parts is figuring out how the application process works. Navigating the system properly is a key part of having an application approved. To learn more about the […]

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Applying for Disability Benefits While Self Employed

There are many people who require disability benefits to make ends meet. Unfortunately, the qualification process for disability benefits under Social Security can be a confusing process which is made even more challenging depending on the types of earnings that an individual has. The Social Security department looks at the earnings from an employer differently […]

FICA Taxes

Fica is a federal payroll tax that is taken out of your paycheck and is used to pay for Social Security and Medicare programs which provide benefits for retirees, disabled persons and survivors. 6.2 % of your gross wages go to Social Security and 1.45% goes to Medicare. Your employer matches this amount for a […]

Questions About Changes to Medicaid

We have had many clients ask about how proposed cuts to Medicaid will affect people with disabilities. The most recent version of the Senate Republican bill will have a large impact on low- and moderate-income Americans. “The centerpiece of the Senate bill is a series of major reductions in federal aid for poor Americans who […]

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“Return to Work” Act

This month, Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., introduced the Social Security Disability Insurance Return to Work Act of 2017 (H.R.1540) in the House of Representatives. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined with two Senate conservatives recently to introduce the companion bill (S. 654) in the Senate to back a proposal reforming Social Security disability benefits. Noting that disability benefits […]

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Can Migraines Be A Disability?

Migraine headaches can be the basis for a finding of entitlement to Disability Benefits.  In determining if your headaches are considered to be disabling the Social Security Administration will look at the severity and frequency of the headaches. It is important that medical records contain a very detailed description of the typical headache symptoms, duration […]

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Can I get disability for my heart condition?

If you have a heart condition that makes it difficult or impossible to work, you may want to consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits.  Even if you do not have a long work history, you may be eligible for benefits, or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  But, before you start a claim, you will […]