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Will it affect my Social Security Disability benefits if I move?

Moving can be exciting but simultaneously stressful. Your spouse may have landed a new job offer in another part of the country, and your family now has the opportunity to move out of state. While you may be looking forward to the adventure of exploring a new place, if you’re receiving government benefits such as Social Security Disability (SSD), you may also have some concerns.

Do your SSD benefits change based on where you live? In today’s post, we break it down for you:

Payments stay consistent

No matter where in the U.S. you live – including any state, district or territory – your SSD benefits will remain the same.

In addition, it’s worth understanding that Social Security law is federal, so it does not change from state to state. This means that you can hire a disability lawyer from any state to help you with your case – even if they’re not in your state of residence. Claimant fees for such cases are also set by the federal government, so they will not vary from state to state.

If you’re planning to move abroad, this has the potential to change your benefits – depending on a variety of factors. It may be worthwhile to discuss your case with a disability attorney to learn more.

Taxes may change

It’s also important to note that there are 12 states in the nation that levy taxes on SSD benefits. These are:

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Utah
  • West Virginia

Therefore, it’s important to notify the Social Security Administration anytime you have a change of address.

Social Security Disability is a federal benefit that applies equally, everywhere in the nation. No matter where in the U.S. you live, the same Social Security benefits and laws apply to you – and a disability lawyer from any state can help you with your case.

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