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SSA Revises the CD Encryption/Decryption Software
SSA’s Direct Payment of Fees Powerpoint
List of 137 Unskilled Sedentary Occupations
Here are the 137 sedentary occupations listed in the DOT with an SVP of "1" or "2" - i.e., that can be learned in 30 days or less. This "famous" list is again noted in Social Security Ruling 96-9p: The Occupational Base for Sedentary Work. From ssas.com.
The Government Giveth and, Occasionally, Taketh Away: SSDI and Federal Income Tax
Social Security beneficiaries may have questions about whether their retroactive benefits and/or their ongoing monthly benefits are taxable. This article gives general income tax guidance and should not be used as the basis for tax advice in individual cases. This is a broad overview with examples. This article only analyzes SSDI and not Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The composition of taxable income for each individual is unique and the permutations of taxation are myriad depending on a range of variables including income source, household composition, and timing. This article only concerns federal taxation. Most states do not tax SSDI. However, that is not discussed here.
Recipients of Social Security Disability Benefits May Be Eligible for Forgiveness of Federal Student Loans
An increasing number of Social Security beneficiaries have federal student loan debt. The Government Accountability Office recently released a report (GAO-14-866T) indicating that “from 2002 through 2013, the number of individuals whose Social Security benefits were offset to pay student loan debt increased about five-fold from about 31,000 to 155,000.” Since the report notes that only about 36,000 of those having benefits offset were aged 65 and older, many individuals with disabilities are having their benefits garnished for student loan debt, and they may be eligible to have their debt forgiven, though they will likely want to consider any tax consequences of discharged debt.
ABLE Act Becomes Law
President Obama signed the Achieving Better Life Experiences (ABLE) Act into law on December 19, 2014. The House and Senate passed versions of the bill with votes of 404-17 and 76-16, respectively. There was broad bipartisan support. It was then included in a larger package of tax changes, which have the bill number H.R. 5771. The law, Pub. L. No. 113-295, is officially known as the Stephen J. Beck ABLE Act of 2014, after one of its major advocates (the father of a child with Down Syndrome) who died shortly before the bill passed the Senate.