Social Security Disability Benefits
The rules governing Social Security disability are bureaucratic and confusing. One mistake on your application can cause frustrating delays in recovering your benefits. Then, one misstep can result in the devastating loss of your benefits. The lawyers at Mike Murburg, P.A. take the time to explain the facts so you know what to expect regarding the application process and once you receive your benefits. Our Social Security attorneys will advise you on the rules for maintaining your eligibility and complying with important government regulations.
Returning to Work
One of the requirements for receiving Social Security Disability benefits is that your impairment
- Prevents you from working;
- Interferes with your ability to do the same job as before; or,
- Inhibits you from adjusting to another type of work.
Reasonably, these rules can make people feel wary of attempting to return to work for fear of losing these vital benefits.
The SSA recognizes the importance of getting back to work for most people. As such, the agency provides for a trial work period that allows you to test your attempt to work with your disability. You can work up to nine months within a 60-month period without jeopardizing your benefits as long as you earn below the monthly statutory amount — $770 in 2014.
Upon completion of the trial period, you can work for 36 months and still recover benefits if your earnings are not substantial. In 2014 the Social Security Administration typically considered a monthly salary of $1,070 substantial. The SSA gives you access to expedited reinstatement for five years after you stop receiving benefits, during which time you can begin receiving benefits immediately without resubmitting your application.
Effects of Other Compensations on Your SSDI Benefits
Money you receive from workers’ compensation and other public sources affect your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. The total amount of all public sources cannot be more than 80 percent of your income before you became disabled. Your Social Security disability payments are reduced by the amount over the 80 percent threshold. However, your Social Security Disability payments are not reduced to account for Veterans Administration benefits, state and local government benefits, Supplemental Security Income or private pensions. You have a duty to notify the SSA about the benefits you are receiving.
Taxation of Social Security Disability Benefits
Social Security disability benefits may be considered taxable income in some circumstances. The IRS determines whether you owe taxes based upon your total income from Social Security and other sources. However, the IRS rules prohibit taxing more than 85 percent of Social Security benefits.
Understand Important Matters that Affect Your Benefits
Our lawyers can explain any important issues concerning your Social Security disability benefits. Schedule a free consultation with a Tampa SSDI lawyer at Mike Murburg, P.A. by calling us at (813) 264-5363 or contacting us online. We handle cases throughout the United States and do not bill for attorneys’ fees and expenses until we recover your benefits.