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Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
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Experience:  19+ years legal exp. - 10+ years owning/operating her own SSD Law practice.
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I am 72 and am collecting on myex husband. My check was 150

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I am 72 and am collecting on myex husband. My check was 150 smaller this month than last. Why?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 11 months ago.

Good evening. Can you tell me if you had greater income in 2014 than you had in 2013?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I made 11,000. I had nothing the year before. I am told this makes no difference in my benifits
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Are you still there I will have to leave here pretty soon to pick up granddaughter
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 11 months ago.

That's OK, I was stuck on phone with tech support. But you can reply back if needed when you return, I am in and out here most days.

OK, so you earned $11,000 in 2014? Did you have any other income? Such as selling a home, cashing out a 401k, that kind of thing?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No in fact the money I eared was in real estate so should be reported as much less but I did not take any deductions. I do receive veterans be if it's but was told that that is excempt
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I did not push to have someone call, one of my pets must have brushed against tablet. I want no additional charges to my card.
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 11 months ago.

No worries, I don't see that any thing came through suggesting you wanted a call.

OK, your veteran income shows up on your tax return, even though you may not pay taxes on it, is that correct?

And what was your first year of VA income?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No my veterans benifits were not on my tax return,,,just commissions an social security,Vet. Benifits...for disabled vet widow started in 2013
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 11 months ago.

Was your income over $85,000 in 2014 or 2013?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No....just my social security and commissions as reported and the vet checks of 1258 pee month
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 11 months ago.

OK, Hmm. Did you change Medicare plans? Or add a supplement or a prescription plan?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Folks on disability were to get a 19% cut this year. No med plans same since 2003
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I started collecting S'S EARLY because of disability but when I asked why my check were so low I was told that I like made 30 dollars too much on my check to collect disability that was before I collected on my X husband
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 11 months ago.

OK, first, it is not true that folks on disability are getting a 19% cut.

What is true is that Medicare costs rose and those on SS are protected from the hike, while those not on SS are protected - the extra for them gets put on the other Medicare beneficiaries who are not collecting.

Also, if you are found disabled by the SSA, the only thing your SSD check will do is prevent you from the WELFARE program called SSI (Supplement Security Income) - but that only happens if your SSD is bigger, so your SSD is more, and therefore, usually preferable.

That all said, I think a 150 increase in an supplemental plan that may be being deducted from your SS check is a rather large increase (if it WERE that) since you say you didn't change anything. But that is where I'd start: I'd check to see what the carrier is charging to see if they increased their rates. Then I'd go to http://ssa.gov/myaccount

From there, create a passworded account and download your benefits statement that should show you what the gross check is and all deductions. You can compare this to what was deducted last year, to see what was changed.

It IS possible for the SSA to screw up and overcharge, so if it continues to NOT be clear or make sense, I'd take a trip down to the local SSA office.

Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 11 months ago.

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