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Impairment-Related Work Expenses

BECAUSE OF MY DISABLING IMPAIRMENT, I HAVE TO PAY FOR CERTAIN ITEMS SO I CAN WORK. HOW DO THESE EXPENSES AFFECT MY SSI?

In most cases, you can deduct the out-of-pocket costs of these items, which are called impairment related work expenses (IRWE), from the amount of earnings used to figure your SSI benefit.

This means that SSA does not reduce your SSI benefit as much because they do not count all of …

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Disability Benefits and the Application Process

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs help people with disabilities. The SSA provides detailed information to help you understand what to expect from Social Security during the application process.

Before you apply, please review the basics to make sure you understand the process. Also, gather the information and documents you’ll need to complete an application.

The Basics About Disability Benefits

The SSDI program pays …

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Intake Process for Regional Center Services

Intake is the procedure to determine eligibility for regional center services. First, they gather data such as social, medical, and psychological information to evaluate the new referral. Information may come from outside sources or in-house interviews, examinations, and testing. The intake process consists of five steps, which may take up to 120 days.

Referral Parents, legal guardians, or conservators can make referrals for intake. People can refer themselves to the Regional Center if they are 18 …

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Can I Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits if I Get Veteran’s Benefits?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) each have disability programs.  It is possible to receive disability benefits from both; however, the criteria for receiving disability benefits through Social Security are different from the criteria for receiving disability benefits from the VA, and you must file separate applications.  For example, the VA may pay benefits for partial disability, but SSA pays disability benefits only to people with impairments so severe they prevent any substantial gainful activity (SGA).  You …

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10 Side Hustles of 2021

Want to make a little extra money? Here are 10 side hustles you can start at any time:

Selling your old stuff online.Whether it is clothing sitting in the back of your closet or furniture collecting dust, you can sell almost any used item online. Given the numerous platforms, such as eBay, Poshmark, or Craigslist, there is a massive market for used items like clothing, collectibles, furniture, etc. It is an easy way to …

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Applying for Expedited Reinstatement

Expedited reinstatement allows prior entitled beneficiaries whose entitlement ended due to work requiring a benefit reinstatement without filing a new application. If you collected SSDI benefits previously, expedited reinstatement speeds up the process of “restarting” your monthly benefits without having to endure the long wait of a new application.

Who is Eligible?

The Social Security Administration states the eligibility requirements on their website. You are eligible if you meet all of the following …

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What is a Career Assessment?

A career assessment is a type of test that helps you find a career that fits your skills, interests, or values. The evaluation consists of a series of questions that evaluates your qualities and talents. Once you have determined your strengths and weaknesses, you can now make the most of yourself and your career. There are numerous career assessments online that you can try for free.

Here are some free popular assessments to try:


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What is an Informational Interview?

You just graduated high school or college, and now you are on the job hunt. Scoring an interview can be challenging, but do not let that discourage you. Informational interviews are a networking technique that allows you to connect with people and companies of interest. Rather than dealing with the stress that comes with a typical job interview, the reversed roles are in your favor.

The Benefits of Informational InterviewsThe primary purpose of an informational interview …

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So You Finished Your Education, Now What?

You’ve spent the last few years working hard to earn your educational degree or certificate, and now the pressure is on for you to find work.

You believed that finding a job would be a breeze once you obtained your degree or certificate. However, since you had started your job search nearly a year ago, you’ve come to realize that it’s NOT THAT EASY! You’ve submitted your resume and applications over and over again, only to …

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