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Request your Social Security Statement online!

Your Social Security Statement is an important tool in applying for Social Security disability benefit. The statement provides a year by year listing of your earnings and an estimate of your retirement and disability benefits. Social Security used to mail the … Continue reading

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Social Security’s phone number in Colorado Springs

If you need to call the Colorado Springs Social Security office by phone, it can be difficult to find the correct telephone number. Our office receives a number of calls a day because the numbers currently pulled up by Google … Continue reading

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Best Practices for Social Security Disability Representatives

Social Security has a great overview site for new Social Security disability representatives (both lawyers and non-lawyers) going over best practices before the Social Security Administration. Here are some good tips: Timely submit the form ssa-1696 and fee agreement. Timely … Continue reading

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Video: No Barriers USA

I just came across this amazing organization on Twitter. No Barriers USA is doing some amazing things to help individuals overcome their disabilities. H.264 H.264  

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How to report a lost or stolen Social Security card

I previously wrote about how to replace a lost or stolen Social Security card. However, I am often asked who to report a lost or stolen Social Security card to. Fortunately Social Security has a page on this very topic: … Continue reading

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Are Social Security disability benefits taxable?

People often ask, “Do I have to pay taxes on Social Security benefits?” SSI benefits are not federally taxable. Things get a bit more complicated with SSDI benefits. Here is the answer directly from Social Security: Question: I receive Social … Continue reading

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Where is your Social Security file? Try the automated file locator

This is just pure gold.  I wish I could take credit for finding this, but Gordon Gates deserves major kudos for discovering this service. …there is a number (not a person) to call to inquire about a Social Security disability claim. … Continue reading

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Save yourself a trip to Social Security – Use SSA Online!

Before you put yourself through the drudgery of going down to your local Social Security office, check the Social Security website to see if you can take care of your problem without going in.   There are a lot of things you … Continue reading

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Social Security Judge’s approval or denial numbers published by Oregonian

Would you like to know what percentage of cases the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) assigned to your Social Security disability, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) case, approves and denies? In response to a Freedom of Information Act request by The Oregonian, the … Continue reading

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Social Security Benefit Calculators

Do you want to know how much you would receive in Social Security benefits if you were disabled, retired, or if your spouse died?   Social Security has online calculators, as well as calculators you can download (Mac versions too), to help you … Continue reading

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Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool checks if you can get Social Security

If you wonder if you are eligible for Social Security benefits, Social Security has an interactive website to help you answer this question. Visit Social Security’s BEST (Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool).  BEST checks if you are eligible for the following benefits: Medicare Social … Continue reading

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How to find your local Social Security office

Whether you are applying for benefits or need to get a form, sometimes you just need to find the closest Social Security office. The Social Security website has a great tool to help you find your local Social Security office. … Continue reading

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How to apply for Social Security disability benefits

There are several ways to start an application for Social Security benefits: At your local Social Security office While this make take the longest amount of time (depending on the wait times at your local office), applying in person has … Continue reading

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Warning about Social Security’s online services

Paul Nidich has a warning about using the online services at Social Security’s website. Tuesday I posted a message with information about the Social Security Administration’s new benefits’ estimator and other online services. Use these new tools, but use them … Continue reading

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Frequently Asked Social Security Questions

  The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) has a great FAQ about Social Security disability claims. Check it out!

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