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Should I file my taxes?

Clients often ask about whether or not they are required to file or pay taxes on their benefits. Like most things, the answer is dependent on a number of other factors. In particular, household size and total income are going to be the determining factors in determining if you will owe taxes.

Go to the Social Security Administration site for more information or contact your accountant about your specific situation.

Independent Living Centers

Independent living centers are organizations which assist persons with disabilities achieve greater independence by providing services and activities which enhance independent living skills and promote the public’s understanding, accommodation and acceptance of their rights, needs and abilities. The centers employ disability advocates to assist with accessing health care, vocational rehabilitation, public benefits such as food […]

Trial Work Period

For people currently receiving SSDI benefits, the Social Security Administration has a program called the “Trial Work Period,” which allows you to work while continuing to receive your full disability amount.   What the Program Entails The program is designed to allow people to test their ability to work without having work attempts result in […]

Impairment-related Work Expenses

The Social Security Administration allows you to work in limited amounts while waiting for them to process your application. They also allow you to deduct any impairment-related work expenses  necessary to perform your job.   Deductions The most common example is medications used to control disabling symptoms. It is important to note you must actually […]

Documenting Work Activity After You File a Disability Benefits Claim

During all phases of the application process for Social Security Disability benefits, the burden is on the claimant to prove disability. Burden of Proof This includes not only providing medical evidence you have been diagnosed with disabling impairments, but also documenting any work activity you perform while waiting for the Social Security Administration to process […]

Unsuccessful Work Attempts

The Social Security Administration allows you to attempt to work, to test your ability to do so, both while waiting to receive benefits and after you have begun to receive them. Social Security will ignore earnings from any job they can categorize as an unsuccessful work attempt. What Makes an Attempt Unsuccessful? To qualify as […]

Working While Waiting to Receive Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration allows you to perform some work while waiting for your claim to be processed. This work must fall below certain limits on schedule and pay, or it can disqualify you from receiving benefits. To make a determination on a claim, the first things Social Security considers are: How many hours the […]

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