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Social Security Benefits Handbook

ISBN-10: 1572485779
ISBN-13: 9781572485778
Edition: 5th 2007 (Revised)
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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.

RICHARD PETTINGER is a lecturer in management at University College London. He has written over 30 books on management, business, and related areas. He has extensive management experience and is a consultant to a number of large and small organizations in all sectors.

Introduction
The Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration-In General
Internal Offices
Telephone Services
Internet Website
Field Offices
District Office Personnel
The Programs Operations Manual System
Eligibility Requirements
Eligibility Requirements-In General
Retirement Benefits
Disability Benefits
Spouse's Benefits
Child's Benefits
Parent's Benefits
Medicare Generally
Lump Sum Death Payment
Being Age 62 "Throughout the Month"
Marriage Requirement
Exceptions to the One-Year Duration of Marriage Requirement for Spouse's Benefits
Exceptions to the Nine-Month Duration of Marriage Requirement for Widow(er)'s Benefits
Child in Care Requirement
Child Relationship Requirement
Dependency Requirements-Children and Grandchildren
Entitlement on More Than One Account
Entitlement on More Than One Account-In General
On Your Own Earnings Record and as a Husband/Wife
On Your Own Account and Widow(er)'s Benefits
As a Spouse and as a Widow(er)
As a Spouse and as an Ex-Spouse
As the Widow(er) of Two or More Workers
Disability Benefits and Retirement Benefits
Child Entitled on More Than One Account
Other Combinations of Benefits
Applications
Applications-In General
Protective Filing Statement
Who May File an Application
When to File an Application-In General
When You Do Not Have to File an Application
Retroactivity of Applications
Rules on Medicare Enrollment
When to Start Your Benefits-The Month of Election
Required Documents-In General
Proof of Age Rules
Proof of Marriage Rules
Special Problems for Business Owners
Processing Time Frames
Withdrawal of Application
Disability Benefits-Special Provisions
Disability Benefits-In General
Definition of Disability
Earnings Record "Freeze"
Substantial Gainful Activity
Date of Onset
Unsuccessful Work Attempt
Waiting Period
Closed Period of Disability
Trial Work Period
Reentitlement Period
Effect of Workers' Compensation Benefits
Effect of Other Kinds of Benefits or Payments
When Disability Benefits End
Continuing Disability Review
Ticket to Work
Insured Status-Work Requirement
Work Requirement-In General
Fully Insured Status
Currently Insured Status
Disability Insured Status
Quarters of Coverage-In General
Benefit Amounts
Benefit Amounts-In General
Computation of Benefits
Reductions for Age-In General
Recomputations-In General
Deductions-In General
Earnings Limitations
Earnings Test-Introduction
Earnings Limits-In General
How Earnings Are Charged against Monthly Benefits
Monthly Earnings Test
Income That Counts
Income That Does Not Count
When Earnings Are Counted
Self-Employment Income and Losses
Special Problems for Business Owners
Special Rule for the Year of Death
Work outside the United States
Reporting Requirements
Reporting Requirements-In General
Reporting Earnings-In General
Late Filing-Penalties
Reporting Changes in Marital Status
Reporting Changes in Student Status
Reporting Child Not in Care
Reporting Death
Reporting Changes in Disability Cases
Reporting Work Outside the United States
Payment, Nonpayment, and Nonreceipt of Checks
Checks-In General
First Check
Regular Monthly Checks
Combined Checks
Special Checks
Direct Deposit
Nonpayment-In General
Suspension of Benefits
Termination of Benefits
Lost or Stolen Checks
What to Do if Your Check Does Not Come
Replacement Checks
Expedited Payments
When to Go to Your Congressperson
Overpayments
Overpayments-In General
Common Causes of Overpayment
Overpayment Procedures
Waiver of Overpayment
Without Fault
Against Equity and Good Conscience
Defeat the Purpose of Title II
Guidelines on Assets
Guidelines on Income and Expenses
Compromise Settlements
Guidelines for Accepting Compromise Offers
Repayment
Deductions
Installments
Medicare
Medicare-In General
Hospital Insurance
Medical Insurance
Prescription Drug Coverage
Part D Enrollment Periods
Private Health Insurance
What Is Not Covered
Assignment of Benefits
When to File Claims
Processing of Claims
Medicare Card
Appeals Process
Appeals-In General
What You Can and Cannot Appeal
Reconsideration
Personal Conference-Overpayment Cases
Hearing
Appeals Council Review
Court Review
Time Limits
Reopening Closed Cases
Attorneys
Miscellaneous Provisions
Supplemental Security Income
Black Lung Benefits
Benefit Estimates
Obtaining Your Earnings Record
Correcting Your Earnings Record
Reporting Change of Address
Claim Numbers and Beneficiary Identification Codes
Who Gets Benefits Due a Deceased Beneficiary
Taxation of Social Security Benefits
Immunity of Benefits from Creditors
Criminal Penalties for Fraud
Foreign Social Security Credits
Railroad Employment
Receiving Benefits for Someone Else-The Representative Payee
List of Secondary Proof of Age
Quarters of Coverage Required for Insured Status
List of FICA Yearly Maximums
Sample Benefit Amounts
Reduction Factors
Cost of Living Increases
Earnings Limits by Year
Most Common Beneficiary Identification Codes
Chart Summarizing the Effect Between Beneficiaries
Delayed Retirement Credits
Medicare Premiums and Deductibles for 2007
Preventative Services Covered by Medicare Part B as of 2007
Index
About the Author

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