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When Will I Get My Back Pay?
Posted in: Benefits on August 23rd, 2011

waiting for benefitsWhile the application process for either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income can take a terribly long time to get through, there is some small good news to be had: the possibility of back pay.  No matter if you were applying for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, you are potentially entitled to back pay.

Of course, the biggest question on everybody’s mind during the application process is as follows: when will I get my back pay?

When Does Back Pay Come?

The only correct answer to this question is: it depends.  Generally speaking, assuming that you have been considered and approved for back pay, you will get the check within sixty days of being approved for either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income.  This is what happens if everything goes according to plan.

However, things usually don’t run as smoothly as they could possibly go. Generally this is due to the fact that back pay isn’t actually processed by the Social Security Administration, but rather by payment processing centers, and the process of getting your paperwork to the right people can take a long time. There have been instances where individuals received a “surprise check” – people who didn’t even know they were being considered for back pay sometimes just get money in the mail.  On the other hand, it can sometimes take months for back pay to arrive.  Just remember to keep your wits about you and manage your money carefully – until you have that check in your hand, you can never be too sure of back pay!

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