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Advanced Planning: Selecting A Representative Payee Just In Case


It’s an option that’s been around for over a year now, but it’s certainly worth mentioning that Social Security allows beneficiaries to submit an Advance Designation of Representative Payee. The Advance Designation allows you to make choices now, while you’re fit and healthy, about who you would like to handle…  
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Over 55, Working and Blind? Here’s an SSDI Rule Just For You


Individuals who are blind have been treated with special consideration by Social Security since the creation of the disability program in 1954. If someone meets the statutory blindness criteria, has limited work history, income and resources they will qualify for SSI even if they aren’t expected to be blind for…  
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2022 COLA Predicted And It’s Looking Good!


Although we have just over seven months of this year left to go a popular and widely respected business forecasting publisher has turned its attentions to Social Security and the likely Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2022. The Kiplinger Letter recently published its assertion that Social Security beneficiaries could…  
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Property Essential to Self Support (PESS): The Forgotten SSI Work Incentive


The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) countable resource limit hasn’t increased a dollar since the original Ghostbusters topped the box office and Daley Thompson won the decathlon at the Los Angeles Olympics (1984 in case you’re wondering). It’s resolutely stuck at $2000 for an individual and $3000 for an eligible couple….  
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SSA Overpayments? Go On-line to Pay Them Off


Included in a newly updated Social Security publication on overpayments was a two-line addition recording a new option for paying the agency back. Yes, you can now clear your debt on-line by going here https://www.pay.gov/public/form/start/834689469 Once there you’ll be asked to report your Remittance ID which can now be found at…  
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Spotlight on Homelessness and Social Security


Yvonne Perret, the Maryland-based founder of the SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery (SOAR) program recently published a blog on Social Security’s website that is well worth the read. The blog shares some factual insights into the challenges faced by homeless individuals and also provides pointers on the services that are…  
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Social Security Looking for Feedback to Move Forward


Under the regulations of 2018’s Evidence Act the Social Security Administration, as a federal agency,  is required to seek public input into how they are doing and as to how they can improve policies and procedures. The SSA has put out a request for information from you that will be…  
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SSA’s New Webpage Looks to Help Those Helping Others


A recent press release by the Social Security Administration announced the creation of  a new webpage dubbed “People Helping Others” that will serve as the hub for all manner of questions regarding SSA and SSI benefits. The page is primarily addressed to those in the community who are trying to…  
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Updated BPQY Handbook Released


In what would seem a confirmation of long term plans regarding the new BPQY (Benefits Planning Query) and the deletion of the IRS records(see the March 26, 2021 blog for more details) Social Security has published a 2021 edition of the BPQY Handbook. This year’s edition shows a sample BPQY…  
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Maryland Employment Network Is Hiring!


We’re happy to announce that our colleagues at the Maryland Employment Network are looking for a bright and energetic individual to join their team as a full time Employment Specialist. The ideal candidate must have: Extensive experience and success in providing employment services to individuals with disabilities. Strong communication skills…  
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SSA Resumes Hearing Request Dismissal Policy


Early in March Social Security made it be known that they would once again allow hearing requests to be dismissed out of hand if the claim is not made in a timely manner or if the claimant fails to appear for the scheduled hearing. This decision reverses the temporary suspension…  
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BPQYs Lose IRS Records of Yearly Earnings


A significant change has been made to the Benefits Planning Query (BPQY) with the deletion of the ‘IRS Recorded Earnings (Yearly)’ section. The change has been caused by a new regulation that mandates that a fee must be charged to gain the IRS information. In an act of some nobility…  
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Still Waiting on Your Stimulus Checks? Consider the Rebate Recovery Credit


The IRS have issued the second wave of stimulus checks,  officially known as Economic Impact Payments (EIP), and are in the process of delivering a third in the amount of up to $1,400 to eligible individuals and families. If you feel you’ve missed out or didn’t receive the full $600…  
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Social Security Seeking to ‘Slam the Scam’


As part of National Consumer Protection Week the Inspector General of the Social Security Administration, Gail Ennis, has announced the second annual ‘Slam the Scam’ day, which is set for March 4. Whilst there’s likely to be an absence of cake or fireworks to celebrate the day, the plan is…  
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RELIEF Act 2021: A Shot in the Arm for Struggling Marylanders


Maryland’s Governor Hogan has just signed into effect the RELIEF Act 2021 which will provide much needed extra financial assistance to local working residents who have limited incomes. The $1 billion plus package will be providing direct payments of $300 to individuals who received the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)…  
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