Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Disability Denials and Filing Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Back Pay and the disability award notice
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
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What are the earnings limits for those on disability benefits?
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Applicants for disability benefits, and recipients of social security disability or SSI disability benefits, can engage in work activity as long as their earnings are below whatever has been established as the limit for SGA, or substantial gainful activity for that particular year.
The SGA limit is subject to change each year so individuals who are receiving benefits, or pursuing benefits should probably contact their local social security office to check the earnings limit before beginning employment.
Individuals who are already getting monthly benefits may wish to keep track of what the current SGA limit is so that A) they can avoid going over the limit and potentially endangering their benefits (as well as risking an overpayment situation) and B) to increase their earning potential (by knowing just how much they can earn and remain eligible for benefits).
If you receive disability benefits and work and your earnings do exceed the SGA limit, what happens? Fortunately, the social security administration allows disability benefit recipients the opportunity to try working without necessarily voiding their eligibility for disability benefits. This is done by allowing recipients a trial work period.
The trial work period consists of nine total months in which a person can work over the SGA earnings limits. Once the nine trial work months are exhausted, if the individual is still working and earning more than the SGA limit, their eligibility for disability benefits will end.
Note: the nine trial work period months do not have to be consecutive meaning that a person could potentially have much longer than simply nine months in which to try returning to work.
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