Affleck & Gordon PC

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Affleck & Gordon PC
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101 N 8th St
Griffin, GA 30223
(770) 227-0004
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Taxes and Your Disability Payment facebook.com/notes/affleck-…

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Taxes and Your Disability Payment
Social Security is generally considered a tax-free benefit, but that is not always the case. Depending on the amount of alternate income that you have in retirement and your filing status, you could owe taxes on up to 85% of your Social Security benefits. If you receive Social Security or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) income, you will also receive a Form SSA-1099 from the government. This form tells you the total amount of your benefits but does not tell you if any of your benefits are taxable, or at what percentage. You can IRS Free File to e-file your return (if you make no more than $64,000), and the software will figure the taxable component of your benefits for you. However, you can get a reasonable estimate by combining half of your Social Security benefits with all other income (including tax-exempt interest) and comparing it to the base amounts that are excluded from tax. Anything over the base amount may be taxable. The base amounts are $32,000 for married filing jointly and $25,000 for all other filing statuses, with one exception. If your status is married filing separately and you lived with your spouse at any time during the tax year, all of your SSA/SSDI benefits are taxable. Between Form SSA-1099 and Notice 703 (a worksheet that is included with your SSA-1099), you should have all the information you need. More detail here:http://www.wusa9.com/money/taxation-of-social-security-and-ssdi-payments/409256617


56 million Americans, one in five, live with disabilities. Thirty-eight million disabled Americans, one in ten, live w/ severe disabilities.

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Quick Facts about Social Security Disability
56 million Americans, one in five, live with disabilities. Thirty-eight million disabled Americans, one in ten, live with severe disabilities. Disability is something many Americans, especially younger people, think can only affect the lives of other people. Tragically, thousands of young people are seriously injured or killed, often as the result of traumatic events. Many serious medical conditions, such as cancer or mental illness, can affect the young as well as the elderly. The sobering fact for 20-year-olds, insured for disability benefits, is that more than 1-in-4 of them becomes disabled before reaching retirement age. As a result, they may need to rely on the Social Security disability benefits for income support. The disability benefits provide a critical source of financial support to people when they need it most. Social Security disability is a social insurance program under which workers earn coverage for benefits, by working and paying Social Security taxes on their earnings. The program provides benefits to disabled workers and to their dependents. For those who can no longer work due to a disability, the disability program is there to replace some of their lost income. To receive disability benefits, a person must meet the definition of disability under the Social Security Act (Act). A person is disabled under the Act if he or she can’t work due to a severe medical condition that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least one year or result in death. The person’s medical condition must prevent him or her from doing work that he or she did in the past, and it must prevent the person from adjusting to other work.

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Imposter Phone Calls From Social Security
The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about a nationwide telephone “imposter phishing” scheme. The Social Security Administration (SSA) and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have received several reports from citizens across the country about persons receiving phone calls from individuals posing as OIG investigators. The caller indicates an issue exists pertaining to the person’s Social Security account or Social Security number (SSN) and directs the person call a non-SSA telephone number to address the issue. The reports indicate the calls include a recording from a caller stating she is “Nancy Jones,” or “Billy,” an “officer with the Inspector General of Social Security.” The recording goes on to say the person’s Social Security account, SSN, and/or benefits are suspended, and that he or she should call 806-680-2373 to resolve the issue. Citizens should be aware that the scheme’s details may vary; however, citizens should avoid calling the number provided, as the unknown caller might attempt to acquire personal information. OIG investigators occasionally contact citizens by telephone for investigative purposes, but they will not request sensitive personal information from a citizen over the phone. If a person receives a similar suspicious call from someone alleging to be from the OIG, citizens may report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report.


Proud of our clients for speaking out Re: Predatory Lending at the GA Capitol affleckandgordon.com/blog/predatory…

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Proud of our clients for speaking out against predatory lending at the Georgia State Capitol
Tony and Glenda Compton are former Social Security clients of Affleck and Gordon. In January of 2015, they received a check in the mail for $720 from Republic Finance. Glenda thought the check was a joke and told Tony not to cash it. Unfortunately, he did so anyway without realizing what he was agreeing to. By cashing the check, he unfortunately agreed to a loan that would have the Comptons paying astronomical interest rates and fees. One of the purposes of these checks is to prey on Americans in tough financial times and get them hooked on these loans. Almost immediately after cashing their initial check, the Comptons started getting calls from Republic Finance. The Comptons were offered a lower interest rate and few hundred dollars more if they agreed to refinance the debt. In doing so, they accrued even more fees which outweighed any reduction in the interest rate. The Comptons dutifully paid back their loan in monthly installments from February of 2015 through April of 2016. The payment started at $126 per month, but by April of 2016, the payment had grown to $170 per month. At that point, the Comptons could no longer afford to pay the loan back. In total, they had already paid back $1656. When the Comptons stopped paying, Republic Finance sued them in Magistrate Court for an additional $2,483.50 on what was originally only a $720 loan. The Comptons first met Tom Affleck, founding partner of Affleck and Gordon, and asked him to help with a Social Security disability case thirty years ago. Since then, they have remained both friends and clients. As a result, when they knew they needed help, the Comptons brought their lawsuit to our Griffin office. Harry Brenner (one of our attorneys) listened to their story and brought the paperwork to Joel Thrift (another attorney in our office) to see if we could help. Joel and Allison Affleck (a third attorney at Affleck and Gordon) helped draft an answer to the lawsuit, and brought in another attorney, Matt Wetherington, to help on the case. That case is still pending in Henry County Superior Court. Shockingly, we discovered that it is not technically illegal to send people "live checks" in the mail to entice them into a bad loan. There may be some defenses to this suit, but it's also possible that the loan is entirely legal. When we started researching magistrate court lawsuits in counties where Republic Finance has offices, we found thousands of other lawsuits against people who had cashed the same type of checks and could no longer afford to pay. In hopes of further helping the Comptons, and warning other people of the danger of these checks, we reached out to Channel 46 news. Harry Samler, with Channel 46, came out to the Compton's house and interviewed Mr. and Mrs. Compton. Ms. Compton is so likable, and her story so compelling, that Channel 46 ran a series of stories on her. Elena Parent with the Georgia Senate saw the stories. Senator Parent's concern led her to sponsor a bill to make sending unsolicited checks to people's homes illegal. A committee meeting was held on her bill yesterday (February 22, 2017) and the Comptons were invited to testify. Ms. Compton was rock star at the hearing. To support the Comptons, Joel and Allison also attended the hearing. Joel introduced himself, and the Comptons, to the Senate committee and answered questions from the Senators. It was Ms. Compton's compelling story that again won over everyone in the room, both Republicans and Democrats. The questions from our Georgia legislators were all sympathetic and seemingly indicated that they believed Senator Parent's bill should pass. We're hopeful that this practice will be outlawed. It took a concerted effort by Harry, Allison, and Joel to get to this point. It also took the Comptons' friendship, and trust in our firm, after the work Tom Affleck and his firm put into their Social Security disability and Workers' Comp cases many years ago. We know they were nervous about yesterday and are lucky that we could be there in support. We will continue to work to make sure that no one else is tricked by one of these checks in the future. For more information, please see our Videos page, http://affleckandgordon.com/videos.html or call us at 404-373-1649. - See more at http://affleckandgordon.com/blog/predatory-lending-georgia/index.html


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http://www.cbs46.com/story/34580685/hearing-held-to-discuss-banning-unsolicited-checks
Have you received a random check in the mail offering to help you pay your bills? They come from predatory lenders but they may not be legal for much longer.