If someone is denied to receive Social Security disability benefits, it is highly recommended to appeal these denials. Some may continue filing separate claims each time, but that can hurt your case. The decision would not change if you file separate claims each time because it would continue to be sent to the same agency that denied your first claim instead of moving to another agency, which is likely that it will be denied for the same reasons. Though a reconsideration appeal — which is the first appeal — has approval rates of roughly 15 percent, that direction is more successful than reapplying every time.

Social Security Disability after being denied 3 times

Reconsideration appeals are also sent to be furthered review for a medical decision. This difference between this is that the disability agent takes the time to review the file and they make the decision. Generally speaking, unless a mistake was made by the initial examiner or there have been some new medical evidence, the appeal may still be denied for the same reasoning as before. Though, based on the actuality of the situation, the reconsideration appeal may not seem like a better option, it is a better option than filing another initial claim because it can be a step closer to appearing in front of an administrative judge.

If your claim gets denied three times, there are other options that you can take:

Give up on your claim: Of course, this option isn’t recommended, especially after all of the appeals you’ve already went through to get this far. Those who are persistent with this, at likely to win their claim once they keep trying. Your probability has increased just by the amount of attempts you have gone through and also having a representative in the presence as well. Your representative will have vital information to plead your case, such as medical records and statements from medical professionals.

File an appeal with the council: An appeal council is a group a judges who review your disability case and based on all information provided, make a decision.

Filing an appeal with the council and also a new disability claim: After being denied three times, at this point, you are able to take both actions. Generally, a decision on a new claim will be determined before the appeal council makes a decision. It makes the most sense to file a new claim during this process because by the time a case has gotten this far, there should be more medical evidence to support your claim to come up with a new decision.

If you are denied for Social Security disability benefits, especially multiple times, it is natural to want to give up. If you have a lawyer with you, they will make sure you don’t lose hope and continue fighting. A lawyer will want to maximize your success by taking chances on your claim and doing what they need to do so you can receive your benefits.


The full retirement age right now is 66, but you can receive benefits as early as 62. By receiving early retirement, you are withholding some of you monthly payment. You could be getting a third more if you wait until full retirement age. Essentially, you will be getting a 50 percent penalty on your monthly benefits if you want to receive them before the age of 66. If you do wait until full retirement age, you will be allowed to earn up to $41,880 before your income starts affecting your SS benefits.

Can you get social security benefits back after they are withheld?

For most people, Social Security Disability benefits cannot be taxed. This is especially true for both those who also make additional income as well as those who just depend on SSD benefits. If your spouse has another source of income, then it is likely that your SSD benefits can be taxed. You will have to pay taxes on roughly half of your benefits if you make more than $25,000, but no more than $34,000. You could tax up to 85 percent of your income if you make more than $34,000 and you are single.

If your income exceeds the Social Security limit, your disability benefits may be taxed. Generally, an individual will pay roughly 10 to 15 percent on taxes and those with a higher income will pay about 33 to 35 percent on 85 percent of their taxes. You will find that most states don’t tax disability benefits, but there are some that will tax them. If you end up receiving a lump-sum for backpay, then you might need to tax this amount during the same year you received it which can increase your tax rate.

Your working income could make your Social Security Disability benefits taxable. For those who file taxes early, Social Security uses a combination of the income you make to figure out your monthly payment.

The combined income is figured by adding these sources together:
● Adjusted gross income
● Interest that isn’t taxable
● 50 percent of SS benefits

If this a current situation you are dealing with, you should reach out to a Social Security Disability lawyer. They will be able to answer any questions as well as help with anything during the application process.


If you have to move out of the state that you are in, you don’t have to re-apply for Social Security disability benefits. The disability program is a federal government program so your approval will drag over to where ever you move. It is critical to notify Social Security of you move and change of address though. Here are some reasons why you should notify them:

Moving another state will affect my Social Security benefits

  • If you are receiving your checks through the mail, SS will need the new address to send that to avoid resending and delaying your payment.
  • If you are getting Supplemental Security Income, your move is critical to your payments because it could have different rules depending on the state you’re moving to.
  • Keeping SS up to date on your information

Your SS and SSI will not be affecting by your move and you will not have to go through the whole application again. You should check if the state you’re moving to has any special rules regarding SSI benefits. Your SSI benefit could increase or decrease depending on where you more. Here are some factors you need to consider if you are going to more:

  • Unfortunately, there are some states that do not pay SSI benefits: West Virginia, Tennessee, North Dakota, Mississippi, Arizona and Arkansas.
  • Though this is a federal government program, some states administer their own supplements: Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Maine, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Virginia, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington.
  • These states have the SSA direct the SSI program for them: California, Hawaii, Montana, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Iowa, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, New Jersey, Utah, Michigan, New York, and Vermont.

It is important to know that some states requirements may be different than others regarding the SSI program. Because of this, you may have to reapply for supplemental benefits, but your benefits will not be affected during this process, but the amount might change. You will have to apply again, if you are moving to a state that administers their own program.

Be aware of all of these factors before making a move to another state if you are getting benefits from either program because your monthly income might change. It is critical to notify Social Security of your new address change as well as if you are moving in with someone that could help your finances. If you are moving in with someone, this can affect the amount you receive for SSI or even your eligibility.


Once you win your appeal for disability benefits, there are certain things that you need to know about collecting these benefits. You may want to return to work part-time and wonder how this will affect your Social Security Disability benefits earnings. It is possible that you can still collect benefits while working. You will need to meet certain requirements in order to keep collecting these benefits.

Need to Know About Working While Receiving Disability Benefits

Keep these things in mind about receiving Social Security Disability benefits:

  • There is a cap on what you can earn and still receive benefits.
    For 2018, you cannot earn more than $1,180 per month or $1,970 if you are considered blind. If you earn above these amounts, you cannot keep collecting benefits. This is a substantial amount of earning and will negate your claim. If you’re earning this much, your disability will not be deemed severe enough to keep you from working.
  • There are different rules if you are self-employed.
    It can be difficult to gauge how much you’re working if you are self-employed. Your earnings will not always reflect how much work you’re doing if you own your own business or work for yourself. You may be putting in more hours than you’re actually receiving pay for. This makes it tricky to evaluate. Because of that, people who are self-employed will be evaluated on an individual basis. There are complicated rules when it comes to self-employment.
  • You will be evaluated on a yearly basis.
    Your earnings and benefits are recalculated each year after your tax returns are received. Even though this is the case, you need to keep in mind that it can take a long time for the Social Security Administration to actually receive your tax returns. They can be two years behind and can take this long for your benefits to be adjusted. If you suspect that your benefit amount should be adjusted, it’s best to contact the SSA yourself in order to avoid overpayment and issues later. It’s best to be upfront about your earnings because the SSA will find out eventually.

Once you win your claim or appeal for disability benefits, there are still things to consider as you collect this money. Make sure to keep the SSA informed about earnings changes as well as changes to your condition. Contact us with any questions.


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