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Author Topic: Dependent Benefits for my children and processing?  (Read 754 times)


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Dependent Benefits for my children and processing?
« on: January 04, 2017, 10:40:22 PM »
Hi folks!
To summarize my story:
Disabled veteran.
Applied for VA Comp: 5/15
Applied for SSDI: 12/15
Awarded 100% for PTSD: 4/16
Denied SSDI: 5/16
Appealed SSDI decision: 5/16
ALJ Hearing: 9/15/16 (Due to Wounded Warrior/100% VA Comp
Approval from ALJ letter: 9/25/16
Backpay Deposited: 10/19/16
First month SSDI: 11/16

Applied for Auxiliary Benefits for my two children back in 10/16
Phone interview by local office 12/15/16
Received monthly and backpay totals from SSA Rep during the interview
Was told Child benefits are quick to process, can be roughly 5-10 days for backpay and Janurary they should see their regular monthly amount.

Numerous calls to SSA call center and local office and l literally get a different answer every single time from, call back in a week, it will take 2 weeks, it will take 30-60 days, its at the processing center, they just did an action today, its processing, they were approved but its still processing.

I dont understand, they dont need to see if my kids owe the IRS, workers comp etc. They are 8 and 5. They also do not have SSI either. My question is what can possibly be taking them so long to process the benefits for my kids when they were approved, and I was giving the totals. Anyone have any experience on this?

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Re: Dependent Benefits for my children and processing?
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2017, 04:27:25 AM »
It can take 60-90 days.  SS staff must prioritize their work load, and they are already understaffed, with the holidays it becomes more obvious when they use vacation time.  I'm also betting more applicants push for DIRE Need Requests due to both Christmas and winter.


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Re: Dependent Benefits for my children and processing?
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2017, 09:21:01 PM »
Thanks for the response.

Wasn't the answer I was hoping to get! Lol but regardless thank you. It's just frustrating the way they handle and dont have a consensus on the things they tell you. It's always something different. I was under the impression backpay for children off of my record was pretty cut and dry. They were approved, I was giving the monthly amounts and the backpay total. What I'm not understanding is they don't need to look into if an 8 and 5 year old owe back taxes, federal liens, or workmans comp. I guess I was wrong. My monthly pay date is the 2nd Wednesday. I can only hope they can receive their pay very soon.


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Re: Dependent Benefits for my children and processing?
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2017, 11:14:50 PM »
They have to run the back taxes, Federal liens, workers comp, etc checks on everyone regardless of age.

A child could work for a family business at a young age & have a worker's compensation claim (though that typically doesn't effect dependent benefits the way it effects a primary insured benefits).  A child could have inherited significant assets & owe back taxes due to not filing taxes for their yearly investment income.  Or they could be a famous child actor & making significant money for films & TV shows & owe back taxes.  A child could have already be receiving SSI payments due to disability & the amount of the SSI needs to be reduced based on the new SSDI payments (including back payments). 

Basically, just because your kids are young & it doesn't apply to them specifically, SSA still has to go through the same process to check because it is much harder to get the money back if they give it to someone that is not eligible than to make an eligible person to wait longer for it. 

Hopefully, they will get their payments soon.


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Re: Dependent Benefits for my children and processing?
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2017, 04:14:05 AM »
Hopefully you will hear something soon and congrats on SSD approval.

I would also like to thank you for your service. :Celebrate05: :Celebrate03: :Celebrate07:


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