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My adult disabled child is entitled to survivor benefits as she has had a disability since teenage years.  She was on SSI, now is collecting the survivor benefit which is a little more, but her food stamps went away so it is what it is.  Anyway, she is supposed to be getting back pay going back 4 years.  Her SSI income was $733 per month. Her Survivor benefit is $1101.  How is back pay calculated, and is it dispersed in a single or multiple checks.  I am her rep payee, so I want to plan wisely as to how to tell her, and guide her decision making.  Have gotten different answers by calling the 800 number.

Any help is appreciated. I know this may not be the right forum, but I did not see one specifically for social security.

Thank you in advance...

Donna

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Back pay is calculated by subtracting what she did get from what she should have gotten so about 368 a month.  Disability back pay is paid in one lump sum. I do not know if survivors benefit is the same or not.  You should have or be receiving a letter from SSA outlining the benefits and when the back pay will be paid.  I am sorry that you found out the hardway  that the social security 800 number is most often useless. Unless you are very lucky the person who answers the phone is a random social security employee who knows little to nothing about the area you are calling about.

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