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Qualifications and How to Qualify

Working and Disability

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Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys

Social Security List of Conditions

What Social Security considers disabling

Medical Evidence and Disability

Filing for Disability Benefits

Eligibility for Disability Benefits

SSD SSI Definitions

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If I get SSDI, can I operate a business?

I am on SSDI and would like to invest money I have in buying houses fixing and flipping for a profit. My only part of the process is purchasing the property, then I will hire a contractor to do rehab work, then I will resell the house. Profit for tax purposes would be taxed as short-term capital gains. Would there be an issue with SSDI?


I am not sure how to answer this question. I think there is potential for a problem with your disability benefits as this might be interpreted as a business. If it were to be interpreted as such it would be considered self-employment earnings.

For Social Security purposes, self-employment earnings can be substantial work activity if you work at this for 45 hours a month, in any capacity, even if you make nothing, or you invest all moneys back into your business. In buying the houses, hiring contractors, and paying bills your are effectively managing a business. Social Security disability is a total disability program; therefore you are stating you are unable to work at a substantial self supporting way.

All of that being said, it will just depend on how it is paid and what the IRS reports to Social Security.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Disability at age 50 or older
What disability claimants get angry about - Part I
Tips for filing a Social Security Disability Reconsideration
Will I get an increase in my SSI check?
Can I do What I want with my Social Security Back Pay?
How long for a disability judge to make a decision?
While you are in your disability interview
The SSD and SSI definition of disability

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Criteria to Qualify
Who qualifies for disability? - Qualifying is based on evidence of functional limitations
Medical Disability Requirements for SSD and SSI
The non-medical Disability Requirements for SSD and SSI
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply for?
What are the Social Security Disability, SSI Requirements For How Disabled You Have to Be?
What types of information is Social Security Disability looking for?
Proving Functional Limitations and why this is Important on a Disability Case
Applying for Disability - Rules and Requirements when you Apply