Protective Filing Date
Definition - What does Protective Filing Date mean?
The protective filing date refers to the first time an individual demonstrates his or her intent to the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) to file a claim for Social Security Disability benefits. The protective filing date for a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claimant is different from the protective filing date of a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claimant.
Justipedia explains Protective Filing Date
The protective filing date is essentially the date upon which a claimant first contacts the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) with the intent to file for Social Security Disability benefits. The protective filing date becomes important in cases where retroactive benefits are sought. The retroactive benefits provided by the SSA to Social Security Disability claimants start from the protective filing date. For Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claimants, the protective filing date is when they first contact the SSA, whether by phone or by visiting its office, with an intent to file a claim for disability benefits.