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    • How much of my annual earnings are subject to the Social Security payroll tax?

    The Social Security Act was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Aug. 14, 1935. Social Security taxes were collected for the first time in January 1937 at a rate of 1 percent of wages up to $3,000–Thats one cent tax for each dollar of wages. The taxes stopped when the worker earned more than $3000 for that year. Social Security actually started making regular ongoing monthly benefits five years later in January 1940. The tax rate and amount of wages that are taxed in one year gradually went up over the years. In 1989, the tax rate jumped from 7.51 percent to the current rate of 7.65 percent.  The Social Security program was expanded over the years to include disability insurance (SSDI), hospital insurance (Medicare), and old-age and survivors insurance (Retirement).

    In 2008, the maximum earnings taxable is $102,000. That means workers must pay Social Security tax of 7.65 cents on each dollar of wages earned on the first $102,000 of earnings for the year; any wages above that amount are not subject to Social Security taxes. However, there is not a limit for Medicare tax. A taxpayer’s total annual wages are subject to Medicare tax. Since most of us don’t make $102,000 a year, Social Security and Medicare will be taken out of every check we get.  Your employer matches those contributions each payroll.

    • Who is Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?

    When a person works, a percentage of their wages are paid into the Social Security fund. Most people know that this money provides retirement benefits for them when they reach retirement age. This money also provides disability insurance coverage. In most cases you must have worked five out of the ten years immediately before you became disabled in order to be fully insured for disability benefits. Once you are covered by Social Security disability insurance you may be eligible to draw a monthly check and for Medicare if you become unable to work because of a physical or mental impairment.

    If you have not worked long enough to be covered for Social Security disability, there is a program called Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This program provides a small monthly disability benefits and Medicaid health insurance for people who have not worked or have not worked long enough to be covered by Social Security disability. In order to qualify for SSI you must be disabled and your household income and resources must fall below certain limits.

    However, the legalization of same-sex marriages in some states, such as occurred in Massachusetts in 2004, will not enable same-sex partners to receive spousal retirement benefits under private pension plans, Federal employee pension plans or Social Security.

    There are other technical requirements sometimes that are applicable to individual cases. Call us now at the Law Offices of Ed Goldner at 866-654-7772 or 210-775-2836 or drop an email off to me at contact@edgoldner.com to find out if you qualify.

    • What are the business hours for the San Antonio Social Security Offices?

    Social Security offices in the San Antonio area have the following hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Offices are closed to the public on Wednesdays.

    Where are the Social Security Offices in San Antonio and surrounding area?

    8020 ALAMO DOWNS PARKWAY
    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 78238
    (210) 257-4000
    (210) 257-4020 FAX

    3438 E. SOUTHCROSS
    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 78223
    (210) 534-5443
    (210) 534-5927 FAX

    727 E DURANGO RM 701 7TH FLOOR
    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 78206
    (210) 472-4400(210) 472-6480 FAX

    927 S STATE HWY 123 BYPASS
    SEGUIN, TEXAS 78155
    (830) 379-8802
    (830) 372-9928 FAX

    8208 NE LENTZ PKWY.
    VICTORIA, TEXAS 77904
    (361) 575-8254

    SAN ANTONIO HEARING OFFICE -OFFICE OF DECISIONS AND APPEALS REVIEW (ODAR)

    4204 WOODCOCK DR. STE.100
    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 78229
    (210) 731-3301
    (210) 731-3325 FAX

    • It is taking years to get my disability claim approved and I now have to file bankruptcy.  How does my bankruptcy apply to my disability claim?

    If you file for bankruptcy, you should notify your Bankruptcy lawyer of your Social Security Claim and tell Social Security of your bankruptcy immediately.  The bankruptcy Judge will want your disability back pay to help pay your debts.  If you are represented in your disability claim, Social Security cannot pay your representative until the Bankruptcy court gives instructions on what they can pay. If Social Security did pay your representative in error, the money would have to be returned.

    • How Do I Document or “Prove” my Social Security Disability Claim?

    You have to document your claim to win.  This includes making sure the decision makers at SSA have all the information in their possession when they decide your fate.

    • How Can I avoid Social Security from reducing my back pay and future monthly payments by as much as 1/3 if I win SSI benefits?

    As of 2008, in Texas the maximum amount you can receive in SSI benefits is $637 a month for an individual and $956 for a couple. That amount can be reduced for a number of reasons, one of them is when someone else, besides your spouse pays for your living expenses.That means your parents, your children, your friend, or anyone else. When this happens, Social Security will reduce your back benefits and future monthly payments by as much as 1/3.

    • When Does This Apply To You?

    You are only applying Social Security Income (SSI) benefits.

    Someone else besides your spouse is paying your rent, food, and/or other living expenses.

    If you were actually receiving SSI benefits, you could afford to pay your fair share of the food, rent, or other living expenses.

    • When Does This NOT Apply To You?

    Your spouse and children are the only people living with you and all your expenses are paid by them.

    Everyone in your household receives some sort of public assistance.

    You purchase your own food and make contributions to the household expenses.

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