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 21% Back Pay
An individual's attorney or representative can charge 21% of all back pay due to the disabled individual as well as any dependent benefits payable on the individual's 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?"

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.