Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

Can I do What I want with my Social Security Back Pay?

"I want to know the rules about back pay. Things like what you are allowed to do with your back pay and what you aren't allowed to do with back pay. Am I allowed to just take the whole back pay out of the bank and do whatever I want?"

Social Security never deducts money from back pay except for fee withholding, in which they hold the fee that is due to an attorney (or a non-attorney who has been approved for withholding) for providing representation on your claim.

As far as back pay rules regarding what you can do with your back pay, there are no rules if you are entitled to a back payment of Social Security disability benefits.

However, if your back payment is based upon entitlement to SSI, there are rules that apply. Remember, SSI disability entitlement is based upon need so there are income and resource limits. Therefore, Social Security releases SSI disability back pay in increments rather than all at one time. If an individual needs some of their back pay between those scheduled releases they must be in a dire situation such as "loss of home".

If you are not sure if your claim was filed in the social security disability or SSI disability program (or both programs if you have a concurrent claim), you may wish to contact the social security office where your claim was taken.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How to file for disability, filing tips
What to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits
Applying for disability benefits, SSI and SSDI
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability?
Will you get disability back pay?
Social Security Disability And SSI Qualifications
Permanent Disability Qualifications for SSD and SSI
Social Security Disability SSI status
Disability lawyer representation, finding lawyers
Who will qualify for disability and what qualifying is based on
Qualifications for Disability Benefits
Important points about filing for disability
How long does it take to get disability after applying?
Am I Eligible For Social Security Disability?
Who is eligible for SSI disability?
How to get disability in Florida