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How to apply for disability benefits

A California resident who files for Social Security Disability benefits must show evidence of an actual disability. This evidence must also prove the severity of the condition. It may be possible for the Social Security Administration to help an individual find this evidence assuming that permission has been granted to provide assistance. Providing evidence in a timely manner may work to reduce the amount of time needed to process a claim.

Clearing the hurdles of SSD benefits claims

The federal government provides both Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance for California residents suffering a disability that cause them to be unable to work. Successful applications for these benefits require meeting one of the primary medical requirements and providing many types of documentation and references. In some straightforward cases, an individual can file the necessary paperwork entirely online to receive SSD benefits.

Understanding the tax status of disability benefits

If a California resident receives disability benefits, it is possible that it may be considered taxable income. For instance, those receiving Social Security Disability benefits may have to pay taxes if half of your benefit plus your other earnings are more than $32,000 for those filing a joint return. Those who are filing as single or as married filing separately will pay tax if that number is in excess of $25,000

SSD claim delays benefit the disability fund

The latest annual report from the Social Security Board of Trustees indicates that the disability fund is not expected to run out of funds until 2028. This is five years later than previous estimates. However, the reason for the healthier state of the fund may be of concern to California residents. According to experts, the additional five years of solvency is largely the result of Social Security Disability claimants waiting significantly longer for their applications to be approved.

What to do when SSDI claims are denied

A majority of Social Security Disability Insurance claims that are filed by Californians are initially denied by the Social Security Administration. People whose claims have been denied may take steps to appeal their denials and possibly secure their benefits.

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