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Free Writing Assistance with Your Job Search

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Benefits Articles, Blog, Employment Articles, Featured, News, Resources by eri

Free, One-On-One Help for Madison Area Residents Sometimes the hardest part of getting a job is getting started. Summarizing your entire work and life experiences in a single resume and cover letter can be daunting. And navigating the web, asking people you know for help, on top of reading and filling out forms and applications, can be downright scary. Did …

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Unknown Assets and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Benefits Articles, Blog, Featured, News, Tax Resources by eri

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries occasionally learn they own a countable asset they weren’t aware of. For example, a beneficiary may discover that a relative had purchased stock for them and it has a cash value. In this type of situation, Social Security first determines if the SSI beneficiary has: If so, the asset is a countable resource for SSI, …

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Gifts and Social Security Benefits

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Benefits Articles, Blog, Featured, News, Seasonal Favorite by eri

We hope you enjoy many gifts this holiday season. And remember, sometimes the best gifts don’t come in packages. Just in case, it’s a good idea to learn how gifts are viewed by Social Security for the SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) programs. Let’s start with the easy one: SSDI. Gifts do not affect SSDI …

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Caller-ID “Spoofing” Scheme Misuses Social Security Customer Service Number

In Benefits Articles, Featured, News, Social Security Benefits by Priscilla Matthews

Social Security has received numerous reports of questionable phone calls displaying their 1-800 number on a caller-ID screen. This may be a scam! If a person claiming to be from Social Security calls you and threatens you for information or promises a Social Security benefit approval or increase in exchange for information: The reports indicate the calls display the 1-800-772-1213, …

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When You Have a Mental Health Disability and Need Benefits….

In Benefits Articles, Featured, Mental Health Resources, Social Security Benefits by Priscilla Matthews

Complex. Confusing. Overwhelming.  These are just a few of the words used to describe what it’s like to have a mental health disability and apply for Social Security and Medicaid benefits. Some people are able to navigate the application process on their own or with the help of family and friends. Others may need a little more support.  Jolin, a …

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Apply for Social Security Benefits Online

In Benefits Application Articles, Benefits Articles, Blog, Featured, Financial Resources, News by Beth Storch

New at Social Security — you can now apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) online. This adds to the growing list of things you can do on Social Security’s website! What’s New You can submit a disability and SSI application together. This should speed up the process and allow you to start receiving benefits sooner. …

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Foodshare at the Farmers’ Markets

In Benefits Articles, News by Anna Nickolai

Did you know that you can purchase produce at some Farmers’ Markets using FoodShare? Several Farmers’ Markets across Wisconsin are equipped with the technology to accept QUEST cards as payment, making it easier to purchase fresh and local food to prepare healthy meals. Some Farmer’ Markets even offer incentives to FoodShare recipients, such as matching the amount you spend on …

Wisconsin Promise Connects Youth with Opportunities

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Benefits Articles, Blog, Employment Articles, Featured, News by Theresa Kulow

Have you heard about Wisconsin Promise? Wisconsin is one of six sites participating in the US Department of Education’s demonstration of a promising path to success for youth receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Wisconsin Promise will help youth and their families meet their school and work goals in order to better their income and financial stability reducing poverty. Wisconsin Promise …

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Ask Ben

In Ben Spec, Benefits Articles, Blog, Featured by Theresa Kulow

Ben is Back! After an extended stay in Zambia, southern Africa, Ben contacted us from wintry Prague to ask if we had any benefits questions for him. He said he’s enjoyed his time away and has had many wonderful experiences, but is ready to jump back in to sharing his benefits expertise. Ben Spec, a world renowned, international benefits specialist …

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Earned Income Tax Credit

In Benefits Articles, Blog, Employment Articles, Featured, Tax Resources, Ticket to Work Articles by Amber Kwiatkowski

With tax season in full swing, don’t forget about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC, also referred to as the Earned Income Credit (EIC), is a federal tax credit available to low-income workers. The EIC is a refundable credit. This means that even if you have no tax liability, you could receive a tax refund if you file …