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Can SSD benefits be considered taxable income?

Tax season is here, and many people in Columbia have either already filed their taxes and received their tax returns or they are in the process of doing so. While those who work earn a clear income that is taxed, those who do not work but receive Social Security disability benefits may wonder whether they must report these benefits as income.

How does "substantial gainful activity" affect SSD benefits?

Many people in Missouri who are considering applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are uncertain if a return to work will mean that benefits will terminate. The answer depends upon the concept of "substantial gainful activity" as defined in the federal regulations that govern SSD claims.

How do work credits affect eligibility for SSDI benefits?

Most Missourians understand that a person must be totally disabled in order to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, but the federal regulations that govern the SSDI claims process impose other requirements on applicants. One of the most important of these requirements is the number of work credits that a person has earned. This post will explore the effect of work credits on an SSD claim.

Obtaining SSDI benefits for traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury can be devastating. Among the effects caused by a brain injury are loss of sensory perception, loss or interference with the ability to speak, and loss of memory and interference with cognitive processes. Missourians who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits if they can submit medical and employment records that document the nature of the injury and its effect on their ability to perform work functions.

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