There are many confusing terms used in the social security disability filing process. As you try to navigate your way towards receiving your social security disability insurance benefits (SSDI), you’re bound to find that some of these terms are more significant to your case than others. One of the most important terms in the application process is the protective filing date. Keep reading to learn more about this key Social Security term and why you’ll need to remember it as you work with the Social Security Administration (SSA).
What is a Protective Filing Date?
This term refers to the date that you originally contact the SSA to file your claim for supplemental security income (SSI) or SSD benefits. In many cases, applicants are encouraged to reference this key date when seeking benefits because it is often much earlier than the actual date when they signed their application.
Why is This Date So Important?
If you were unable to submit your application for benefits soon after you first contacted the SSA, this date can help to make sure that your awarded benefits are backdated to your initial contact date. With Social Security Disability benefits, you may be awarded up to 12 months of backdated benefits, based on this date. However, you are only eligible for retroactive benefits if you file your claim within 17 months of the onset of your disability. You must have proof of your protected filing date, to be eligible for retroactive benefits as well. The best way to obtain proof of the date is to call your local SSA office and request an appointment. Once the appointment has been set, they will send out a confirmation letter and this letter will act as written proof of your first contact with the SSA.
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