While most people are familiar with the concept of dates and deadlines, when it comes to legal proceedings, you need to be certain you understand their importance. When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, your initial filing date can be important. While you can file anytime after you have become disabled, usually the sooner you file, the better.
Filling out the application for Social Security Disability benefits can be intimidating. It is relatively long and if you provide the proper documentation to support your claim for disability, it may take some time to get everything together. This may lead some people to make the mistake of delaying their application. Don't do this.
Tax season is approaching. Most people file some type of a tax return. From the quite simple Form 1040EZ to much more complex returns involving Form 1040A, with many ancillary schedules. But many tax returns involve fairly simple information, such as how much you have earned in a year, how much your deductions are, and similar straightforward items.
A continuing concern for Congress next year will be the state of the Social Security Disability program. While they passed legislation last year that temporarily prevented a 20 percent cut to beneficiaries, Congress will have to deal with this issue by 2022, and it will be forced to do something with the overall Social Security system before 2034, or these cuts will be imposed on millions of retirees in addition to the disability beneficiaries.
If you need to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you will likely have varying degrees of frustration when dealing with the Social Security Administration. The agency is responsible for administering all aspects of the Social Security Act, including the Retirement program, the Disability program and the Supplemental Security Income program.
No one ever plans to become disabled. In case after case, you will read of how a string of unfortunate events can link together to leave individuals in difficult situations where applying for Social Security Disability Benefits may be the only option. A recent example is typical.
Higher education is often held as providing the means of obtaining a job and greater income. It is somewhat ironic that in order to obtain a degree, many have to burden themselves with student loans to afford that education. This is not a problem if they find a good job, but such "good" jobs are becoming more difficult to find in our increasingly volatile job market.
The complexity of a Social Security Disability claim is often seen when a worker develops an inability to work but lacks a clearly defined medical condition or impairment that fits with the listings of the Social Security Administration. Those are typically severe impairments and the presence of one of them is sufficient to make it clear to the claims examiners that you will meet the law's definition of disabled.
Few people who receive Social Security Disability benefits ever become well enough to return to work. The reality of the application process is that most people who retain some residual capacity for work will fail to meet the demanding requirements of the programs statutory definition of disability.
Many Americans worry about Social Security and the future. There is much concern that the system will go bankrupt. What, exactly, is meant by this is often unclear, but it seems to generally suggest that Social Security will not be available to pay benefits, either for retirees or the disabled.