- If you work for the government, please know that what I am writing is pure fiction, and never really happened. However, if you are reading this blog as a mentally ill person seeking advice and council, disregard that last statement -
A few years ago, when tax time rolled around, I made a mistake and owed the government $10,000. I was pretty scared, but I called the IRS, explained myself and asked for mercy. They gave it, set me up on an affordable payment plan, and I must say the entire experience was good. I quickly dismissed the myths I had heard about how hard the IRS was to work with. Such was it with my dealings with Social Security over my disability.
Here is my timeline in dealing with Social Security for my disability benefits:
Filed for benefits; 3 weeks later was denied; submitted appeal; 3 weeks later approved. No fuss. No muss. (Filling out forms and requesting information from doctors took most of my time)
And "presto" ... my check was deposit when they said, and has been ever since.
In my experience, if you go to them with a genuine disability, you'll be treated fairly and kindly.