Working While Disabled
Can I still work while on disability?
A common question for many on disability is whether it is against the rules for them to work and still receive benefits. Work is a positive influence on everyone's life. It can give meaning and purpose, and increase one's self-esteem and value as well. The Social Security Administration recognizes the value of work and special rules have been established so people who can work are allowed to do so while still receiving monthly payments. An experienced lawyer can answer all of your questions concerning your benefits, and it is wise to call a lawyer before you start working while on disability.
If you have decided to return to work, a trial work period is established so that you can test out your ability before any final changes or adjustments are made to your Social Security Disability benefits . This period can extend for at least nine months. During this period, you will receive your maximum benefits as long as you report the work that you are doing and are still impaired by your disability. Following the trial period, if you continue to work you may still receive benefits for the next 36 months during any month where your earnings were not substantial. The SSA considers anything over $1,010 per month ($1,690 for the blind) to be substantial.
Reporting to the SSA
For individuals receiving SSI benefits, you also may work and still receive benefits as long as you follow the rules established by the SSA. You must report to the SSA that you are working as soon as you start. You must also report your earnings monthly. Your benefits will be adjusted accordingly and there are several factors used by the SSA to determine the adjustments.
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