Blogs – Social Security Disability

Combating Disability Fraud

The Social Security Administration, its Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and the Michigan Department of Human Services recently announced a new Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Unit in Detroit. As part of the nationwide CDI Program, the Detroit Unit will identify and prevent Social Security disability fraud throughout the State of Michigan.

Federal Income Tax and SSDI Benefits  

Social Security beneficiaries may have questions about whether their retroactive benefits and/or their ongoing monthly benefits are taxable.  This article provides general federal income tax information for SSDI benefits.  The information provided in this article should not be used as the basis for specific tax questions.   When an individual receives SSDI retroactive benefits and/or ongoing SSDI monthly benefits, SSA is required to send a 1099 form by February 1 of the following year, specifying how much of the Social Security benefit received in the retroactive payment was really a payment for a prior year (or years).  If a fee for an attorney was paid, the 1099 form will list the amount of  the  attorney fee paid.  The taxpayer should double check all numbers on the 1099 form with his or her Notice of Award.   It is a myth that up to 85% of SSDI benefits are taxable.  

Common Abbreviated Terms Used by the Social Security Administration

COMMON ABBREVIATED TERMS USED BY THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION:  The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses many abbreviations and acronyms when SSA processes a disability or SSI claim for benefits.   AC                  Appeals Council AG                  Attorney General ACE                Average Currant Earnings ALJ                 Administrative Law Judge AOD                Alleged Onset Date ATTY              Attorney   CE                   Consultative Exam CDB                Child Disability Benefit   DAA               Drug addiction and/or Alcoholism DDS                Disability Determination Service DHHS             Department of Health and Human Services DHS                Department of Human Service DI                    Disability Insurance DIB                 Disability Insurance Benefit DO                  District Office DOE                Date of Entitlement DOT                Dictionary of Occupational Titles   EPE                 Eligible Period of Entitlement ER                   Earnings Record   FCE                 Functional Capacity Exam   GAF                Global Assessment Function   HM                  Hearing Monitor HO                  Hearing Office   IME                 Independent

When Your Social Security Disability Application Is Filed

Once the applicant files the initial application and other required documents for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) with the Social Security Administration, (SSA), SSA will refer to the application as a “Claim” and the applicant as the “Claimant”.  SSA will schedule a telephone conference with the Claimant to review the information provided in the Claim.  If an attorney/representative is assisting the Claimant at the initial application stage, the conference between the Claimant and SSA usually occurs without the attorney/representative.   After the Claimant’s telephone conference with SSA, SSA will request the Claimant’s medical records.  SSA will send the Claimant’s file and medical records to the Disability Determining Service (DDS).  DDS will conduct a medical review of the Claim and determine eligibility.   We provide this information as a public service. The information provided in this material is of a general nature.  All claims for social

Making a Claim for Disability and/or SSI Benefits

To apply for disability benefits or SSI benefits, an application for both programs needs to be filed with the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSA encourages people to file an application on-line through SSA’s webpage, If the application is filed on-line, the applicant will need to submit to SSA signed medical authorizations and several forms. SSA’s on-line directions will provide the applicant directions on what forms and authorizations the applicant needs to print/complete and send to SSA. After the applicant completes and submits the on-line application, the applicant should print the verification page in the event there is a question as to when the applicant filed the application. Filing an application can also be done by calling SSA. If a person applies by telephone, SSA will send to the applicant a number of forms to be completed and returned to SSA. Failure to submit to SSA all required completed forms