Backdating social security
I received social security benefits this year that were back benefits for prior years. Are the back benefits paid in this year for past years taxable this year?
You can't amend returns for prior years to reflect social security benefits received in a single lump-sum in the current year.
Using a prior application date can significantly increase the amount of back pay you receive from Social Security if you are awarded disability benefits.
Back pay is calculated going back to the date of your disability application or your disability onset date (or somewhere in between), depending on the type of benefits you are awarded.
Back Pay refers to Social Security Disability benefits that you would have received had your claim been approved immediately.
You will receive your accrued Back Pay after you are approved for SSDI or SSI benefits.
Since most claims are denied one or more times before the claimant is approved for benefits, the Social Security application process is usually lengthy, and months or years can go by while waiting for approval.
Keep in mind, however, that even if you request that your claim be reopened within the 12-month time frame, Social Security is not to reopen the claim.
Also, if your prior application is older than a year, it can be very difficult to get it reopened.