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Important Information for Canadian-Born Native Americans: SSI and Food Stamps and Border Crossing Rights

Wabanaki Legal News, Winter 1998 SSI and Food Stamps update: Some Canadian-born Native Americans are being notified that they will lose benefits such as SSI and Food Stamps. When the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 was passed, Congress took benefits away from non-citizens, including legal aliens. The Notices sent to Canadian-born Native Americans treat this g more...

Important Information For Native Americans Living In Canada: Don't Pay U.S. Income Tax on U.S Social Security Benefits

Wabanaki Legal News, Fall 1996 Many Native Americans living in Canada come to the United States to work in various jobs for periods of time. For example, some Native Americans have come to Maine to harvest blueberries and potatoes. Some of these workers are now receiving disability or retirement benefits from the United States Social Security Administration. Because of a change in the tax treaty between the United States and Canada effective January 1, 1996, th more...

SOCIAL SECURITY OVERPAYMENTS

Wabanaki Legal News, Summer 2011 Pine Tree Legal has been able to help several tribal members who received Notices of Overpayments from Social Security. There are several things you can do about overpayments, but it is very important to take action quickly when you receive a Notice. It becomes harder for us to help if you wait. If you ignore the notice, SSA will start taking money out of your payments. Contacting SSA promptly can stop the collection of the overpayment until a decision more...

Two New Rules For Direct Deposit Of Social Security And SSI Benefits

Wabanaki Legal News, Spring 2011 Starting May 1, 2011 new applicants for Social Security and SSI (and some other federal programs) are required to have their benefits deposited directly to a bank account or Direct Express card account. The option of paper checks will no longer be available unless a special hardship waiver is granted. It will be very difficult to prove hardship under the new rules. People who have been getting their Social Security and SSI benefits by check will need t more...