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Back pay is the amount of money, lump sum, that you will receive if you win a claim. It backpays to the date you started to file your claim. If you put an intent to file in, meaning you told the VA you were going to file a claim, and you win that claim, they’ll pay you back to that intent to file date, which is why it’s so important for veterans always to have an active intent to file. In case they ever file a claim, they’ll get paid back to that date. If you didn’t file an intent to file, they’d pay you back to the 526EZ or the initial filing date if you did it online. Back pay can be an extensive check, and if you’ve been fighting for a claim for years, it can be a considerable lump sum. It’s tax-free. If you’re fighting a claim that you know you’re going to win, just think of it as money in the bank that you can’t withdraw it until it matures. Just know that if it’s a good claim and you ethically and medically qualify for that, you will eventually win that, and you will get all of your money back.
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