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I have received several calls lately from individuals who are currently receiving Social Security disability benefits, and have just gotten a letter from the SSA saying that their disability status is being reviewed. Obviously, the receipt of such a letter causes a great deal of concern.

Social Security periodically conducts continuing disability reviews (CDRs)

The Social Security Administration recently announced a cost of living adjustment (COLA) of 3.6% for Social Security beneficiaries. The COLA affects several different numbers in the Social Security ecosystem.

The monthly maximum SSI amount will be $698 in 2012. For a married couple on SSI, the "couples rate" will be $1,048.

The monthly amount for

A fully favorable ALJ decison usually contains a sentence like this:

The claimant's earnings record shows that the claimant has acquired sufficient quarters of coverage to remain insured through December 31, 2013.

Sometimes the successful claimant will read that sentence and think that it means that the Social Security disability benefits will terminate on

An adult disabled before age 22 may be eligible for child's benefits if a parent is deceased, or receives Social Security retirement or disability benefits. The SSA considers this a "child's" benefit because it is paid on a parent's Social Security earnings record. Here is the DAC page on the SSA website.

The DAC benefit

I get inquires regarding partial disability every now and then. Potential claimants believe they may qualify for partial Social Security disability benefits. They could still work a bit, but can no longer do the same job, or earn the same income, they earned before.  Or perhaps, due to their medical condition, their earnings have dropped significantly

Every now and then I encounter a case that potentially involves a claim for benefits by a disabled surviving spouse. This is a claim for disability benefits based upon the work record of the deceased spouse.

A claimant without enough quarters of coverage for Social Security disability insurance on his/her own work record could

It's that time of year, and many successful Social Security disability claimants who received a lump sum of retroactive benefits in 2009 are now assessing the income tax consequences.

I am not a tax lawyer, and you won't be getting tax advice from me. However, there is an excellent web page available from the National Organization