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Don't Let Tax Fraud Cheat You Out Of Social Security Disability Benefits

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Mar 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

I came across a report from the IRS recently regarding a tax preparer in Tucson. A Federal Court judge sentenced Adan Ramirez to six months in jail and to pay over $100,000 to the government.  Ramirez's conviction arose from his role in filing false tax returns. Among his schemes, apparently, was convincing people to

I'd Like A Word, Mr. Ramirez

file for the earned income credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ADTC).

Severe Consequences

The way this works in such disreputable tax preparers as Ramirez encourage people, mostly women, to invent income they did not earn. Generally, this is reported as self-employment. This allows these people to put in from the EITC and ATDC.  Engaging in this scam may seem harmless and a good way to get some free money from Uncle Sam. But, the consequences, as Ramirez is finding out, can be severe.

Not Working And Not Disabled

It can also affect a claim for Social Security disability benefits. If you claim imaginary income for a given year, Social Security is going to find that you were not disabled. They will consider that you earned too much money to be disabled. So, even though a medical condition may have kept you out of the workforce for years, Social Security will not pay you anything.

Check Your Earnings Record

I have encountered this scam many times. It can derail an otherwise excellent claim for Social Security disability.  Interestingly, a lot of people who fall into this

Everything Here Look Legit?

snare claim they know nothing about it. It could be that criminals such as Ramirez file returns without the supposed filer even being aware. If you have any reason to think this applies to you, you should check your earnings record. Make sure the reported amounts correspond to your actual income. If you spot any discrepancies, contact the IRS immediately.

Words to live by: Always do the right thing.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.

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