Alabama SSD Taxable Attorney

Depending on the financial circumstances of the applicant, their Social Security Disability benefits may be taxable. For one thing, this depends on whether the applicant has additional sources of income. For another, if the applicant’s spouse has an income at or beyond a certain level, the benefits may be taxable as well. In order to determine whether your disability benefits are taxable or not, you may want to consult with a knowledgeable and reputable law firm such as Wettermark & Keith. They offer a free case review to disability applicants. Cases are taken on a consignment fee basis, which means that you do not pay anything until after we win your case.

SSD Taxable Income – Individually and Jointly Filed

To determine whether your benefits are taxable, look at your income. If you filed individually and your total income – disability benefits and other forms of income – ranges between $25,000 and $34,000, you may be taxed on up to 50% of your SSD benefits. If your income exceeds $34,000, you may be required to pay taxes on up to 85% of your disability benefits. If you filed jointly with your spouse and your combined income ranges between $32,000 and $44,000, you may be taxed on up to 50% of your disability benefits. If the income exceeds $44,000, you may be taxed on up to 85% of your benefits.

How to Withhold Federal Taxes From Your Social Security Benefits

You have the right to voluntarily request that taxes be withheld from your benefits; some people find the structure to be helpful and desirable. You can start this process by completing IRS Form W-4V. On the form indicate the percentage of the benefit that you wish to be withheld. You may choose from 7, 10, 15 or 25%.

Alabama Does Not Impose a State Tax on Social Security Benefits

Although Alabama does impose a state tax on personal income, Social Security benefits are exempt from taxation.

To Obtain a Complimentary Case Review, Contact the Alabama Law Firm of Wettermark & Keith

If you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits or if you are appealing your case, or if you have any other legal matters pertaining to Social Security, it is extremely valuable to obtain representation from qualified, experienced attorneys. Wettermark & Keith have represented thousands of individuals with their Social Security needs. There are no legal fees unless your case is successfully resolved. To schedule your complimentary case review, call (205) 933-9500.

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Wettermark & Keith secures a reversal of judge's decision by the Appeals council for their client

Wettermark Keith is pleased to announce exciting news from the Social Security department. While our attorneys have an extremely successful track record in obtaining favorable outcomes for our clients, sometimes the journey is longer than others. When a client receives an unfavorable decision from an Administrative Law Judge, the available recourse is to appeal that decision to the Appeals Council, the body responsible for reviewing cases for mistakes made by the previous judge as to the law or facts. Unfortunately, due to the strict standard of review, the Appeals Council fails to find a reason to overturn or remand the prior determination in the vast majority of cases. However, our attorneys are committed to ensuring that our clients receive the benefits they deserve.

This month, Attorney Jessica Brooks secured a reversal of the judge’s decision by the Appeals Council for her client. A more common outcome when the Appeals Council takes issue with a judge’s decision, is a remand to the judge in order to conduct a another hearing, a process which is time consuming and does not always result in a positive outcome. A reversal constitutes an outright order of payment of benefits to the claimant and only happens in 2% of cases! Ms. Brooks added, “I understand that this is often a long and frustrating process for my clients. This was a case that went to hearing in November of 2011 and we received the Appeals Council reversal in February of 2014. However, the fact that my client will be compensated for that time in back pay makes the determination and hard work worth it.” Wettermark Keith looks forward to future Appeals Council reversals as we continue to provide our expertise and experience to our clients.

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