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Alimony/Maintenance – TAX CHANGES

Pursuant to the new tax law passed, Alimony/Maintenance will no longer be taxable income to the recieving party and no longer a tax deduction to the paying party on all orders under a divorce or seperation agreement entered after December 31, 2018.  This change can have significant tax implications for…

Long time

Wow it has been a long time since I have posted to my blog.  Life and work, just kept seemingly to get in the way. And now so many things have changed.  With Social Security we know have 75 day notice prior to the hearing.  This means that you and,…

SSA adds 25 more compassionate allowances 1.      Angiosarcoma 2.      Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor 3.      Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction 4.      Coffin- Lowry Syndrome 5.      Esthesioneuroblastoma 6.      Giant Axonal Neuropathy 7.      Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome 8.      Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma 9.      Joubert Syndrome 10.     Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis 11.     Liposarcoma- metastatic or recurrent 12.     Malignant Ectomesenchymoma 13.     Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor 14.     Marshall-Smith…

SSA Shutdown Contingency Plan 2013 – shutdown2013.pdf

SSA Shutdown Contingency Plan 2013 – shutdown2013.pdf.   list of SSA items that will and won’t continue if the government shuts down   Things that will not continue: Scheduling cases for hearings, review for OTRs, quality reviews, CDRs, exhibiting case files   Applications and reconsideration will continue to be processed.

SSA Begins Processing Claims for Same-Sex Couples | NOSSCR

SSA is encouraging all potential recipients to apply for benefits now, in order establish a protective filing date. SSA employees have been instructed to accept all claims, including those from couples who not only have been married but are in civil unions or registered domestic partnerships. The SSA instructions encourage…

New bill attempts SSDI reform for the terminally ill – World News Report

New bill attempts SSDI reform for the terminally ill – World News Report.   Looks like some in Congress are looking to end the 5 month wait period for those who are terminally ill.  This would make a huge difference for many who are currently ill die before their benefits…

SSA Benefits and Same Sex couples

Statement of Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, on Payments to Same-Sex Couples.   “I am pleased to announce that Social Security is now processing some retirement spouse claims for same-sex couples and paying benefits where they are due.  The recent Supreme Court decision on Section 3 of…

Actions Speak Louder Than Words Eye

Actions Speak Louder Than Words Eye.   Nice write up on the positive impact of new proposed legislation in regards to veterans benefits and special needs trust as part of their estate planning.

Mystery ALJ Policy to end

SSA has announced that the mystery ALJ policy will end effective April 20th, ALJ names will again appear on Notices of hearing. Unrepresented and already have a hearing scheduled?  You can now call the hearing office (prior to April 20th) and request the name of the ALJ hearing your case….

Latest Pathetic Conservative Attack on Social Security: Disability Fraud Hysteria | Alternet

Latest Pathetic Conservative Attack on Social Security: Disability Fraud Hysteria | Alternet. Very political, but the arguments made are sound