Q: What type of legal services would I need for an SSA IRMAA appeal administrative hearing?

I’m on permanent disability; I would like SSA to use my tax info from 2020 or 2022 as 2021 I only had high amount of taxable withdrawals from my dads Inherited IRA; used to purchase a low income affordable condo & pay taxes & additional money taken out in order to pay taxes etc. I haven’t had earned income in decades but I’m now in the highest tax bracket due to this purchase; which was mid pandemic & I would otherwise be homeless. SSA does not consider that a life changing event. Then month later my home was flooded by hurricane IDA & remained uninhabitable for 8 months. How do I present this info to SSA as I can not afford to pay a $670monthly high income penalty for part B/D Medicare when My AGI for 2022 was $6,960 & 2020 was $13k & previous years were so low I didn’t file taxes? I don’t qualify for free legal services bc I still have an 1/8th of the IRA left but can’t use it without loosing my prescription benefits: which will cost me an additional 10k per month. How do I proceed?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: To prepare for an SSA IRMAA appeal administrative hearing, you may want to consider seeking legal assistance from an attorney who specializes in Social Security law. They can help you present your case in the best way possible, and help you navigate the appeals process.

In addition, it may be helpful to gather documentation and evidence to support your case, such as tax documents and any other relevant financial records. You may also want to gather medical records or documentation of your health problems to show how they impact your ability to work and earn income.

Your attorney can also advise you on how to present your case in light of the life events you mentioned, such as the purchase of a low-income condo and the hurricane-related damages. They can also help you address any concerns or questions the administrative law judge may have during the hearing.

Overall, seeking legal assistance can help increase your chances of a successful appeal and obtaining the benefits you need.

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