Understanding Back Payments And SSDI Benefits

Last week, when we discussed the upcoming federal income tax deadline and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, we mentioned that your tax return could be affected by any owed back payments. Back payments occur when the Social Security Administration (SSA) awards you compensation for the months between the date you applied for disability benefits and the date you were approved for benefits.

Factors in Determining Back Payments

For people applying for SSDI, there are three factors in determining back payment dates:

  • The onset date: This is the date when you became disabled and were left unable to work.
  • The application date: This is the date the SSA received your application.
  • The waiting period: This waiting period takes place when you apply and when you can start collecting payments. After a mandatory waiting period, if your application is approved, you will receive initial payment. However, be aware that you do not receive back payments during this period.

If your SSDI application is approved, it is possible that you will receive back payments and possibly retroactive benefits (payments for the period between your onset date and your application date).

We suggest contacting a Tulsa Social Security Disability attorney if you have questions about back payments, as there are exceptions on limits depending on your medical and housing needs. If you have questions about your application for disability benefits, do not hesitate to contact us for a free evaluation of your case. You may also reach us by phone at (918) 265-1404.

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