If I win my claim, how far back will I be able to receive benefits?

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For SSDI, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will pay benefits to the later of two dates: one year before your filing date or five months after your onset date. For SSI, SSA will pay benefits to the later of two dates: the month after your filing date or your onset date. In some circumstances, it may be possible to reopen a prior filing in order to receive more back pay.

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