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The Social Security Benefits Handbook

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For those looking for accessible assistance in using and understanding Social Security benefits, attorney and former Social Security claims representative Stanley A. Tomkiel, III cuts through the complex issues and explains the benefits in a clear and concise manner.

In addition to covering all the basics, included in this new edition are changes in the disability benefits schedule, explanations of the criteria used for working after retirement and still being able to collect ...

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Overview

For those looking for accessible assistance in using and understanding Social Security benefits, attorney and former Social Security claims representative Stanley A. Tomkiel, III cuts through the complex issues and explains the benefits in a clear and concise manner.

In addition to covering all the basics, included in this new edition are changes in the disability benefits schedule, explanations of the criteria used for working after retirement and still being able to collect Social Security benefits and example situations for easy understanding of complex regulations. Additional new material focuses on changes to Medicare/Medicaid benefits.

This complete guide will help you get all the benefits you are entitled to.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572485778
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Social Security Benefits Handbook Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 742,898
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley A. Tomkiel, III received his law degree from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was admitted to the bar in both New York and Florida. Mr. Tomkiel was previously employed by the Social Security Administration as a claims representative in various district offices in the Northeast. He currently practices law and resides in Yonkers, New York.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1: THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Section 101 The Social Security Administration-In General
Section 102 Internal Offices
Section 103 Telephone Services
Section 104 Internet Website
Section 105 Field Offices
Section 106 District Office Personnel
Section 107 The Programs Operations Manual System

CHAPTER2: ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Section 201 Eligibility Requirements-In General
Section 202 Retirement Benefits
Section 203 Disability Benefits
Section 204 Spouse's Benefits
Section 205 Child's Benefits
Section 206 Parent's Benefits
Section 207 Medicare Generally
Section 208 Lump Sum Death Payment
Section 209 Being Age 62 "Throughout the Month"
Section 210 Marriage Requirement
Section 211 Exceptions to the One-Year Duration of Marriage Requirement for Spouse's Benefits
Section 212 Exceptions to the Nine-Month Duration of Marriage Requirement for Widow(er)'s Benefits
Section 213 Child in Care Requirement
Section 214 Child Relationship Requirement
Section 215 Dependency Requirements-Children and Grandchildren

CHAPTER 3: ENTITLEMENT ON MORE THANONEACCOUNT
Section 301 Entitlement on More Than One Account-In General
Section 302 On Your Own Earnings Record and as a Husband/Wife
Section 303 On Your Own Account and Widow(er)'s Benefits
Section 304 As a Spouse and as a Widow(er)
Section 305 As a Spouse and as an Ex-Spouse
Section 306 As the Widow(er) of Two or More Workers
Section 307 Disability Benefits and Retirement Benefits
Section 308 Child Entitled on More Than One Account
Section 309 Other Combinations of Benefits

CHAPTER 4: APPLICATIONS
Section 401 Applications-In General
Section 402 Protective Filing Statement
Section 403 Who May File an Application
Section 404 When to File an Application-In General
Section 405 When You Do Not Have to File an Application
Section 406 Retroactivity of Applications
Section 407 Rules on Medicare Enrollment
Section 408 When to Start Your Benefits-The Month of Election
Section 409 Required Documents-In General
Section 410 Proof of Age Rules
Section 411 Proof of Marriage Rules
Section 412 Special Problems for Business Owners
Section 413 Processing Time Frames
Section 414 Withdrawal of Application

CHAPTER 5: DISABILITY BENEFITS-SPECIAL PROVISIONS
Section 501 Disability Benefits-In General
Section 502 Definition of Disability
Section 503 Earnings Record "Freeze"
Section 504 Substantial Gainful Activity
Section 505 Date of Onset
Section 506 Unsuccessful Work Attempt
Section 507 Waiting Period
Section 508 Closed Period of Disability
Section 509 Trial Work Period
Section 510 Reentitlement Period
Section 511 Effect of Workers' Compensation Benefits
Section 512 Effect of Other Kinds of Benefits or Payments
Section 513 When Disability Benefits End
Section 514 Continuing Disability Review
Section 515 Ticket to Work

CHAPTER 6: INSURED STATUS-WORK REQUIREMENT
Section 601 Work Requirement-In General
Section 602 Fully Insured Status
Section 603 Currently Insured Status
Section 604 Disability Insured Status
Section 605 Quarters of Coverage-In General

CHAPTER7: BENEFIT AMOUNTS
Section 701 Benefit Amounts-In General
Section 702 Computation of Benefits
Section 703 Reductions for Age-In General
Section 704 Recomputations-In General
Section 705 Deductions-In General

CHAPTER8: EARNINGS LIMITATIONS
Section 801 Earnings Test-Introduction
Section 802 Earnings Limits-In General
Section 803 How Earnings Are Charged against Monthly Benefits
Section 804 Monthly Earnings Test
Section 805 Income That Counts
Section 806 Income That Does Not Count
Section 807 When Earnings Are Counted
Section 808 Self-Employment Income and Losses
Section 809 Special Problems for Business Owners
Section 810 Special Rule for the Year of Death
Section 811 Work outside the United States

CHAPTER9: REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
Section 901 Reporting Requirements-In General
Section 902 Reporting Earnings-In General
Section 903 Late Filing-Penalties
Section 904 Reporting Changes in Marital Status
Section 905 Reporting Changes in Student Status
Section 906 Reporting Child Not in Care
Section 907 Reporting Death
Section 908 Reporting Changes in Disability Cases
Section 909 Reporting Work Outside the United States

CHAPTER 10: PAYMENT,NONPAYMENT, AND NONRECEIPT OFCHECKS
Section 1001 Checks-In General
Section 1002 First Check
Section 1003 Regular Monthly Checks
Section 1004 Combined Checks
Section 1005 Special Checks
Section 1006 Direct Deposit
Section 1007 Nonpayment-In General
Section 1008 Suspension of Benefits
Section 1009 Termination of Benefits
Section 1010 Lost or Stolen Checks
Section 1011 What to Do if Your Check Does Not Come
Section 1012 Replacement Checks
Section 1013 Expedited Payments
Section 1014 When to Go to Your Congressperson

CHAPTER 11: OVERPAYMENTS
Section 1101 Overpayments-In General
Section 1102 Common Causes of Overpayment
Section 1103 Overpayment Procedures
Section 1104 Waiver of Overpayment
Section 1105 Without Fault
Section 1106 Against Equity and Good Conscience
Section 1107 Defeat the Purpose of Title II
Section 1108 Guidelines on Assets
Section 1109 Guidelines on Income and Expenses
Section 1110 Compromise Settlements
Section 1111 Guidelines for Accepting Compromise Offers
Section 1112 Repayment
Section 1113 Deductions
Section 1114 Installments

CHAPTER12 MEDICARE
Section 1201 Medicare-In General
Section 1202 Hospital Insurance
Section 1203 Medical Insurance
Section 1203.1 Prescription Drug Coverage
Section 1203.2 Part D Enrollment Periods
Section 1204 Private Health Insurance
Section 1205 What Is Not Covered
Section 1206 Assignment of Benefits
Section 1207 When to File Claims
Section 1208 Processing of Claims
Section 1209 Medicare Card

CHAPTER13 APPEALSPROCESS
Section 1301 Appeals-In General
Section 1302 What You Can and Cannot Appeal
Section 1303 Reconsideration
Section 1304 Personal Conference-Overpayment Cases
Section 1305 Hearing
Section 1306 Appeals Council Review
Section 1307 Court Review
Section 1308 Time Limits
Section 1309 Reopening Closed Cases
Section 1310 Attorneys

CHAPTER 14 MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
Section 1401 Supplemental Security Income
Section 1402 Black Lung Benefits
Section 1403 Benefit Estimates
Section 1404 Obtaining Your Earnings Record
Section 1405 Correcting Your Earnings Record
Section 1406 Reporting Change of Address
Section 1407 Claim Numbers and Beneficiary Identification Codes
Section 1408 Who Gets Benefits Due a Deceased Beneficiary
Section 1409 Taxation of Social Security Benefits
Section 1410 Immunity of Benefits from Creditors
Section 1411 Criminal Penalties for Fraud
Section 1412 Foreign Social Security Credits
Section 1413 Railroad Employment
Section 1414 Receiving Benefits for Someone Else-The Representative Payee

APPENDIX A: LIST OF SECONDARY PROOF OF AGE
APPENDIX B: QUARTERS OF COVERAGE REQUIRED FOR INSURED STATUS
APPENDIX C: LIST OF FICA YEARLY MAXIMUMS
APPENDIXD: SAMPLE BENEFIT AMOUNTS
APPENDIXE: REDUCTION FACTORS
APPENDIXF: COST OFLIVING INCREASES
APPENDIXG: EARNINGS LIMITS BY YEAR
APPENDIX H: MOST COMMON BENEFICIARY IDENTIFICATION CODES
APPENDIX I: CHART SUMMARIZING THE EFFECT BETWEEN BENEFICIARIES
APPENDIX J: DELAYED RETIREMENT CREDITS
APPENDIX K: MEDICARE PREMIUMS AND DEDUCTIBLES FOR 2007
APPENDIX L: PREVENTATIVE SERVICES COVERED BY MEDICAREPARTB AS OF2007
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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