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Can you get both Social Security disability and retirement benefits?

Can you add Social Security disability benefits to your Social Security retirement benefits? What about if you are already disabled and are approaching retirement age. Will you still receive Social Security disability benefits? Unfortunately, the answer from Social Security is, no. Once you reach … Continue reading

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Can you keep the Social Security check for the month someone dies?

I was recently asked if you can keep (or do you have to return) a Social Security check for the month someone dies. Here is the answer straight from Social Security: If A Beneficiary Dies Let us know if a … Continue reading

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Does Social Security family maximum reduce disability benefits?

  We’ve previously talked about the Social Security Family Maximum, which limits the total amount of auxiliary benefits paid out on a disability case. We have also discussed how a new child can reduce the auxiliary benefits for other children. … Continue reading

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How much does Social Security pay in Auxiliary benefits

In addition to paying disability benefits for disabled individuals, Social Security also provides benefits for their minor children and also the spouse (if taking care of non-disabled children under 16 year old or a disabled child of any age). Note: these … Continue reading

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Social Security disability benefits in a half-way house

Even though you cannot receive Social Security benefits during incarceration, can you get disability if you are out of jail or prison and residing in a half-way house? Under the Social Security regulations, the answer is “no.” “I was transferred … Continue reading

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Starting Social Security disability benefits after incarceration

After you are released from jail or prison, will Social Security let you restart your benefits or will you have to start a new application? The answer depends on the kind of benefits you received (Social Security Disability Insurance – … Continue reading

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Are Social Security disability benefits forever?

Many people wonder what will happen after they are approved for Social Security disability benefits? Will my benefits be stopped? Will I continue to get Social Security disability benefits for the rest of my life? Except for closed period cases, … Continue reading

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Can you garnish Social Security disability benefits for child support

A quickie article answering a common question: can you garnish Social Security disability benefits for child support? Title 2 Disability Insurance (aka SSDI or DIB) benefits can be garnished for child support. However, Title 16 Supplemental Security Income (aka SSI) benefits cannot … Continue reading

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The advantages of getting both Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI benefits

I recently wrote about receiving both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.  Let’s look at the advantages of being on both benefits programs.

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Can you get both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

I recently wrote about the difference between Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). But, can you get both: SSI and SSDI? Depending on your circumstances, yes. The maximum you can receive on SSI is based on the annual Federal … Continue reading

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What is the difference between Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

We previously discussed Social Security’s Disability Insurance Benefit (DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. The big difference between DIB and SSI is type of income which affects eligibility.  Under the “Disability Insurance” Program, Social Security considers whether you are working … Continue reading

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How far back does Social Security pay disability benefits?

If you are disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits? Back to when the disability began? It depends on whether you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or DIB), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Social Security Supplemental Security … Continue reading

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What is the “5 month waiting period” in Disability Insurance cases?

If you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI or DIB), you may be surprised that Social Security keeps the first 5 months of back benefits. This is referred to as the “5 month waiting period.” If you awarded … Continue reading

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Can I work and still receive Social Security disability or SSI benefits?

Updated 01/04/12. Can a person work and still receive Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits? The answer is a qualified “yes.” Social Security wants people to try to go back to work. But, the regulations surrounding … Continue reading

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Does a felony conviction prevent you from getting disability benefits / SSI?

I saw this question in the comments on Jonathan Ginsberg’s site, Social Security Disability Blog: I would like to know if a convicted felon, who is not incarcerated, can receive Title 16 SSI disability? This is a great wrinkle on … Continue reading

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