New Yorkers have worst-in-the-nation wait times when trying to schedule hearings to obtain Social Security program benefits, according to data posted on the Social Security Administration website. It currently takes more than two years to get a hearing in front of a Social Security judge in Manhattan, according to the site. It’s almost as bad in Queens and Buffalo, where it takes 22 and 23 months, respectively. That’s compared to Boston, where it takes just 9 months, and Detroit, where it takes 11 months to see a judge. "I’ve had clients die while they wait for a hearing," said Brian Mittman, a White Plains attorney who represents injured workers trying to access Social Security benefits in New York. Investigative Bayer Cancels Future Sales of Essure Birth Control Many of the New Yorkers in line waiting to see a Social Security judge are seeking a decision on their application for Social Security Disability Insurance, a program that provides monthly … [Read more...] about I-Team: Too Many Teleworkers Blamed for Social Security Backlog
Can you get disability and social security
MESA, Ariz. - A disabled Air Force veteran taking a stand for the American flag ended up in a scuffle with a federal security guard.The incident was captured on camera by Shivani Dallas, who happened to be at the social security office n Mesa, Arizona at the time. The video shows a federal security officer sitting on top of a man on the ground who appears to be in distress. "He just kept saying, 'I'm disabled, I cannot breathe, please get off my diaphragm, somebody get me some help,'" Dallas said. The man on the ground can be heard screaming and telling the security officer he can't breathe. The security officer responds by telling the man to "stop over-reacting."Scripps station KNXV in Phoenix identified the man on the ground as Richard Moriarty. He says he is a disabled veteran who served during Desert Storm, and he was fed up after seeing the flag outside the Mesa social security office in such bad shape."It's been ongoing, but yesterday it was really … [Read more...] about Veteran charged with trespassing after confronting social security office over tattered flag
Jul 05, 1:11 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury National By Sean Williams 07/05/18 AT 11:54 AM For nearly eight decades -- it began payouts in 1940 -- Social Security has been a financial rock for a number of retired workers. Today, it's a program that more than 60% of all aged beneficiaries rely on to provide at least half of their retirement income. And, looking forward, Gallup's April 2018 survey suggests it's a program that 84% of non-retirees will need in some capacity to make ends meet during retirement. This article originally appeared in The Motley Fool. But for as great as Social Security has been for retired workers, the disabled, and survivors of deceased workers, the nation's most important social program is about to hit its biggest speed bump in history.Say Goodbye To $700 Billion In Asset Reserves Over The Next DecadeThe newly released annual report from the Social Security Board of Trustees … [Read more...] about $700 Billion Will Disappear From Social Security’s Coffers Over The Next Decade
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Michelle Singletary Washington Post June 08, 2018 WASHINGTON — Social Security and retirement go together like peanut butter and jelly — many people just can’t have one without the other.Yet when it comes to Social Security, there is a mountain of anxiety about how it factors into retirement plans, especially for the millions of people who depend on it as their only source of income.Politically, Social Security is often vilified as an entitlement program that costs taxpayers too much. And there’s concern that it’s in danger of running out of money. Advertisement Let’s take a look at that last point. Social Security does have some big funding issues, according to the just-released annual trustees report. Over the program’s 83-year history, Social Security has collected about $20.9 trillion and paid out $18 trillion. … [Read more...] about Worried about cuts to Social Security?
Dear Liz: I established a Coverdell Education Savings Account for my son about 20 years ago. My son has since graduated, and there is still about $12,000 left in that account. He has worked a few years and now is going to graduate school while still being employed. His employer will do education reimbursement.How should we withdraw the funds to qualify for the education expense deduction come tax time?Answer: Congress recently eliminated the tuition and fees deduction, but the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit remain for 2018. For you to claim an education credit, however, your son would have to be your dependent. If your son is working full time, he’s probably not a dependent. He may be able to take a credit, but only for qualified education expenses that aren’t reimbursed by his employer or paid by a Coverdell distribution. Taxpayers aren’t allowed to double-dip — or potentially, in this case, triple-dip — on education tax … [Read more...] about If your job reimburses you for education costs, can you still get a tax deduction?