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FICA taxes for Social Security Disability in 2021

FICA taxes for Social Security Disability in 2021
FICA is a US federal payroll tax. It stands for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act and is ultimately deducted from the paycheck for every person who has signed up for the Social Security program from the Social Security Administration. FICA is not the virtual piggy bank that every payer will have access to when they retire. Instead, it is an e...
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What wins Social Security Disability Benefits?

What wins Social Security Disability Benefits?
Let's be honest: The name of your disability impairment does not mean an ultimate win for your SSDI case. There are various factors that can win or lose disability cases. Each year approximately 64 million people apply for disability – out of those only 30% of the DI claimants actually win the disability benefits. This means that only about one thi...
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Work Credits for Social Security Disability in 2020

Work Credits for Social Security Disability in 2020
Disability has immediate and lasting consequences for a DI claimant. Not only a limiting disability/impairment can happen to anyone – especially with an advancing age – it can greatly affect a claimant's economic situation. The claimant's gross income earnings, household standards, total family income and purchases of essentials such as grocery and...
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What is the Ticket-to-Work Program for SSDI?

What is the Ticket-to-Work Program for SSDI?
The ticket-to-work (TTW) is a voluntary based program designed to get individuals able to return to work on a trial basis. The program is for people aged 18 to 64 with a disability who are on monthly social security checks and want to go back to work while also not losing their disability benefits if it does not work. A DI claimant can utilize the ...
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Will getting Laid-off affect my Eligibility for Disability Benefits?

Will getting Laid-off affect my Eligibility for Disability Benefits?
The Social Security Administration's policy requires early intervention and adequate support to be provided to workers with disabilities to enable adequate worker's retention objectives. This way the Disability Insurance (DI) claimants can be supported to perform some type of work under substantial gainful activity and earn a handsome livelihood on...
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Am I eligible for Disability Benefits if I was laid off work due to Covid-19?

Am I eligible for Disability Benefits if I was laid off work due to Covid-19?
As the Coronavirus pandemic had the US citizens confined to their homes, the disease had impacted nearly every industry. Also, since many businesses started losing out of cash flow, many of the employers laid-off workers due to inability to meet the worker's expenses in terms of salary and health benefits. However, there are some good and bad news ...
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What makes Social Security Administration terminate your Disability Benefits?

What makes Social Security Administration terminate your Disability Benefits?
As difficult and as time consuming winning a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be, it is not as difficult for the SSA to terminate your benefit's program in case you no longer meet the eligibility criteria. There are various factors such as changes in your income (if you are earning an income above the threshold levels of substantial ...
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Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE) for Trial Work Period (TWP)

Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE) for Trial Work Period (TWP)
After a claimant's five year Trial Work Period has ended, the timeline for the Extended Period of Eligibility start. What is Extended Period of Eligibility? The extended period of eligibility is a 36 month period following the five year trial work period, during which a claimant can file for 'expedited reinstatement' of SSDI benefits. This means th...
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Rules for the Trial Work Period for SSDI

Rules for the Trial Work Period for SSDI
The Social Security Administration allows you to try to return to work while on disability if your monthly earnings remain below the income threshold for the average monthly SSDI income. This period of being able to work while on disability insurance, can last for 9 months within a 5 years' period and is known as Trial Work Period. What is Trial Wo...
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How to find the Right Disability Attorney for your Social Security Benefits?

How to find the Right Disability Attorney for your Social Security Benefits?
Disability Attorneys are experienced professionals with knowledge of the various types of medical evidences required for each disability condition in order to win SSDI benefits. A disability lawyer can help develop medical evidences, doctor's statements and a proper theory of your disability. What does having a disability attorney mean? Having the ...
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Social Security Disability Benefits for Anxiety Disorder

Social Security Disability Benefits for Anxiety Disorder
In order to be considered for disability insurance benefits due to an anxiety disorders you need to have medical proofs that you are diagnosed with anxiety disorders that are severe enough to prevent you from working to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA). What is anxiety disorder? Anxiety disorder refers to specific kind of psychiatric diso...
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Disability Benefits for Kidney Disease, Transplant & Dialysis

Disability Benefits for Kidney Disease, Transplant & Dialysis
If you meet all non-medical eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability, then a kidney transplant will make you eligible for 12 months of disability benefits if you are approved. After that period, the Social Security Administration will evaluate your symptoms for 'ongoing disability for residual symptoms'. What is considered adequate k...
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How Residual Functional Limitations may get you Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

How Residual Functional Limitations may get you Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
If your condition does not meet the requirements of the SSA's Blue Book of Impairments, you may still be awarded Social Security Disability Insurance based upon your functional limitations. The Social Security Disability Insurance is a federal program run by the Social Security Administration that offers monthly payments to people with severe condi...
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What are Functional Limitations for your Social Security Disability?

What are Functional Limitations for your Social Security Disability?
When applying for disability benefits, your functional limitations are the most important factor in considering your application. Your disability examiner (DE) will look at your medical condition as the topmost evidence required to evaluate your disability application's process. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will primarily look for sympt...
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Social Security Disability Benefits for Congestive Heart Failure

Social Security Disability Benefits for Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive Heart Failure is the inability of the heart to meet the needs of organs and tissues for nutrients and oxygen. Congestive Heart Failure is a potentially hazardous condition which can prove lethal if the heart is unable to pump adequate blood to all the organs of the body to meet body's needs. Many factors lead to congestion in the arterie...
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Disability Benefits for Arthritis in your Back

Disability Benefits for Arthritis in your Back
The Social Security Administration, SSA views back pain disability in terms of how it affects your functioning, not the pain. It has divided the functioning difficulty in various listings depending on the severity of the limitations. If you have lower back pain, arthritis in your back, extreme pain in the back that limits your mobility or any other...
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Tips on Winning Disability for Degenerative Disk Disease, DDD

Tips on Winning Disability for Degenerative Disk Disease, DDD
Degenerative disk disease is one of the leading cause of back and neck pain causing disorders in daily functioning in Americans. The degenerative disk disease is caused by the prevalence of normal changes occurring in the body causing lower back and neck pains. People with degenerative disk disorder, DDD can feel sharp pains radiating in lower back...
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Disability Benefits for Degenerative Disc Disorder

Disability Benefits for Degenerative Disc Disorder
Degenerative Disk Disorder, or osteoarthritis of the spine is when some changes occurring in your spine lead to unbearable pains. The spinal disks, also called the shock absorbers of the family can show normal signs of wear and tear as people get older. However, some spinal disk changes such as 'dry out' or 'crack' can hurt more and even affect a p...
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Does Cancer mean an ‘Instant Approval’ for your SSDI Benefits?

Does Cancer mean an ‘Instant Approval’ for your SSDI Benefits?
Cancer diagnosis can be traumatic, painful and even financially draining – it sure does have a lasting impact in how your life goes on after the diagnosis – yet, not every diagnosis can be as fatal or aggressive as others. Cancer ranks in top 10 disabilities that people qualify for in SSDI benefits. The SSA is aware of this fact and thus, the disab...
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Disability Benefits for Thyroid Disease [2/2] - Thyroid Cancer

Disability Benefits for Thyroid Disease [2/2] - Thyroid Cancer
According to a report by Social Security Administration , every 1 in 4 people can face a severe disability before retirement age (65 to 67 in US). However, all individuals, whether they are 21 or 61 are vulnerable to catching unexpected impairments or circumstances at any point in their lives. Thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the lowe...
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