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#1 Sweet

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 07:59 AM

Hi,

I have a question for those on SSDI. Do you pay taxes on the money you received? Also, once you were approved, have you gone through a review yet? What is involved with that? Is it as much work as applying in the first place?
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#2 Karenlee

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 08:04 AM

Hi. I have been on SSIDB since September of 2007 so I have not been up for review yet. I sure hope it's not as involved as the initial application. I think they will want to see any new medical records/tests/doctors etc. And will want to see if there has been improvement or not.
As far as taxes, I filed jointly with my husband, so I dont know exactly how the payments work, but our accountant did say to save all medical receipts thru out the year, because you can write that off.
Hope that helped.

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 10:28 AM

I was just awared Soc Sec in January and after that came a separate letter indicating that my review would be in 7 years. I also asked my tax preparer when we did our taxes and she told us how much we should take out of my checks and put away or pay estimates in taxes.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 11:03 AM

Hi Sweet,
I don't end up paying taxes on my ssdi because I guess I don't make enough to have to pay them. As far as a review goes well it is a piece of cake, well at least mine was. I received a form from SSDI with a letter stating I was under review. I filled out the questionaire, maybe 20 questions or so. Basically the questions are like this:

Do you feel the same, worse or better since you have been on SSDI?
How many medications are you taking?
How often do you see the dr.?
Did your dr tell you that you would be able to return to work? Part time? Full time? Not at all?
Please list any new symptoms, tests etc since your last review.

It was really easy. My dr didn't have to fill anything out either. With me, I think the auto immune hepatitis, ILD, cytoxan treatments as well as my liver biopsy (I listed all of this on the form) made them just approve my benefits again. I mailed it back and with in a few weeks I received a response saying that my benefits would not change.

Hope this helps!

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#5 Sweet

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 12:24 PM

Thanks everyone, this was helpful!
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 01:42 PM

Sweet that was a good question to ask, when my children recieved social security from there father they didn't make alot either, but I took the paper in anyways when we did our taxes. How is that going. I haven another appointment in the morning with my lawyer. I had one last week and we went over everything. Going to fill out another application I guess. Well take care, Sam
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 02:45 PM

My hubby says we don't pay taxes on federal disability monies. Apparently he's told me this a thousand times and I've forgotten a thousand and one times. LOL

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 03:39 PM

Sam, good luck to you! My interview is scheduled for 4/11. I'll keep you posted.

Peanut, "If I told you once I've told you a thousand times." hehehe Thanks for the answer though, that is good to know.

Love ya!
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 01:47 AM

Hey Folks,
You might not have to pay taxes on your SSD (I for one don't because my income is in the tank) but you MIGHT be eligible for that Electronic Stimulus thing from the government. The IRS has a link on their website and even if you don't file income tax you can still file a form for it. I should get back $600~~ woo hoo!! That might be a whole bag of groceries!!! Just kidding. It's two bags. It's worth looking into. If you file as usual you get it automatically.
Wishing everyone high temperatures and low income tax, lol... Love, Mary
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 01:54 AM

Sweet,
I am on disability through a private company. I pay taxes on it. With private insurance, whether or not you pay taxes depends on who paid for your disability insurance, you or your company. My company paid for it and it was never taxed, so I pay.

I've been reviewed twice since I received disability in 2005. It seemed to be easy. I had to complete the same form I had to do originally and so did my doctors. It could be different when you are getting social security disability.

I would think that when you have scleroderma, once you get disability it's not taken away from you that easily, but maybe it is. It's not like we are improving, we can only stabilize. Not sure how that works but would like to know.

Are you going for SS disability or through your private insurance company?

Tangelo

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 05:26 AM

Mary, - you are right, it probably is only two bags of groceries! Food is getting so expensive!

Tangie - I'm going for Federal SSDI. Wish me luck! The first girl I talked with there was so sweet and helpful. When I called back yesterday to set up the interview appointment, the woman was a brut. I was worried, and asked "Will you be doing my interview?" Thank goodness the answer was NOOOOO
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 07:58 AM

Pamela,
I have been on social security disability since 2005. I haven't had a review yet. I think that it is due in June of this year. A friend of mine has done the review many times and says that it isn't as bad as the first one. Taxes aren't taken out of your monthly check, but you have to pay taxes on the money when you file your income tax. Last year I paid quarterly by doing a guessestimate of what I would owe and that helped immensely.

I know that your children are grown, but for people that have children under the age of 18 they get a paycheck monthly from social security once you are approved and you don't pay taxes on that.
Good Luck!

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 10:13 AM

Good luck Pamela. I really hope it works out for you and that your case worker does the right thing by you. Let us know how it goes.

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 12:13 PM

Sweet
Birdman went on Disability in Nov 07. When we filed our taxes this year, I was the only bread winner since March 07, we got back all we paid in. I think I remember the form letter saying he would be reviewed in a couple of years. Hope this helps.
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 12:34 PM

Hey Pamela!
I started receiving my Social Security disability in March or April of 2006. I got a lump sum check for back time (from August 2004 until March 2006). I get checks for me and my minor daughter. We both got the back pay. I was terrified that I was going to have one huge tax bill to pay for that, but I didn't have to pay any on it. I had my taxes professionally done that year so I knew (let's say hoped :P ) they would be correct. I believe you have to be getting some tremendous amout from SS to have to pay taxes on it. I know if you get retirement benefits from your company, you do have to pay taxes on that. And as for being up for review, I haven't had that happen yet. Oh and when your minor turns 18, they no longer get benefits, UNLESS they are a full time high school student, in which case they receive benefits until they graduate high school. Unforutneatley they don't continue to get payment if they go to college. Social Security sends a form that has to be filled out by the high school and returned to SS for payment to continue. Take care!
Peace :)
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 12:59 PM

Hello to all my lovely friends!

Thanks so much for your insight and helpfulness, you guys are the best!
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 04:23 PM

First off: taxes, I don't make enough to have to pay. So I don't have to worry about that.

Second: um... oh yeah. I just received a letter in the mail stating that I still disabled and that I would still receive benefits.