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

Social Security Disability Back Pay Benefits

What is Social Security Back Pay?
Social Security disability allows for a retroactive payment of disability benefits for the twelve months prior to the application date provided you have been unable to work due to your condition.

How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
Social Security disability back pay is based on your date of onset and date of entitlement. What is a date of onset?

Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it
If you qualify for social security disability, you will be entitled to benefits as far back as your date of application and potentially even 12 months retroactive to this. Therefore, you may also be entitled to substantial back pay benefits depending on how your claim takes.

Social Security Disability SSI - Retroactive Benefits Vs Back Pay Benefits
Many disability beneficiaries confuse retroactive benefits with back payment of benefits in general.

Does Social Security Hold Back The First five Months Of Back Pay?
All Social Security disability claims involve a five month waiting period for which no disability benefits are paid. There is no real exception to this rule, but there is an exception of sorts.

Are Social Security Disability Benefits Taxable?
However, you "may or may not" have to pay tax on your disability benefits.

What is the maximum back pay you can get for Social Security disability?
There are four factors that affect the disability back payment amounts for Social Security disability beneficiaries.

How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Social Security considers the date a person first contacted Social Security for a disability interview to be their protected date of filing. This is important because it generally takes a few days or even a few weeks to get an appointment to file for disability benefits.

Do you always get disability back payments from social security?
There are occasional cases in which a person may get approved for social security disability or SSI and not receive back payments. But typically this is not the case. Why does nearly every applicant for disability benefits receive back pay? For two reasons.

Social Security Disability Lawyers and 25% Back Pay
An individualís attorney or representative can charge 25% of all back pay due to the disabled individual as well as any dependent benefits payable on the individualís record up to the maximum amount.

How far back are Social Security disability benefits awarded on an appeal?
The issue can get confusing because there are fundamental differences between the social security disability and SSI disability programs.

Why do you receive a Social Security Disability benefit back payment?
This is a question from a reader: "When person is awarded disability and they are paid a lump sum from the time they filed until it was awarded. Is this considered a pain and suffering award, or back pay for loss of wages?"

If I Am Determined Disabled, How Far Back Will Social Security Pay Benefits?
Social Security disability applicants may be eligible for disability benefits for twelve months prior to the date of filing for disability--these are known as retroactive benefits--provided they have been unable to work at a substantial level for at least seventeen months prior to filing. Why seventeen months? Social Security has...

How much can you receive in disability backpay in North Carolina?
This page was written for the North Carolina state section but it applies to every state since SSD and SSI are federal programs.

How far back do you get disability benefits in North Carolina?
Note: this page is also found in the North Carolina section of the site; however, since the SSD and SSI system is federal, the information applies to all states. Excerpt: If you apply for disability benefits in North Carolina and you get approved, how far back your benefits will be paid will be based on two factors.

Disability Back Pay for a Child in Kentucky
This page is in response to a question: "How long can it take to get my child's back pay check in KY?".

When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?
This page is in response to a question: "Are you able to tell me, or is anyone able to tell me when I can expect my first disability check and my back pay check?".

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

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 answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria