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Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

How much can you make and get disability?

Earnings affect SSDI eligibility when filing a disability claim, or while receiving SSDI benefits. Earnings affect your eligibility but do not mean you will be automatically denied for disability or you will lose your SSDI benefit if you work.

If you have a disabling condition but you have to work to make ends meet, do not rule out the possibility of making an SSDI application. Each year Social Security sets an earnings limit that it considers being self-supporting (SGA). If you are working but are not earning over the SGA limit, you can still file for, and be considered for, disability benefits.

There are even times when you are working over that limit but could still be eligible for disability benefits. How? If you are working over the limit but are maintaining your employment through special considerations given by your employer, you may be able to approved for disability. Special considerations might include: less production, more time off, more breaks, or any other consideration other employees do not receive.

How will Social Security know if your employer gave you special considerations? Social Security will have your employer complete a form that allows them to put a worth to your work when compared to other employees doing the same job.

What if I am working while simultaneously getting disability?

If you are receiving disability benefits, your work will continue to affect your eligibility for the entire time you receive disability benefits. You will have a nine-month trial work period (these months do not have to be consecutive) in which you are allowed to make as much as you wish. If you are still earning over the limit in the 10th month, your disability benefits will be stopped if you are earning over the SGA limit. But, that said, you will be eligible for an extended period of eligibility (EPE) to get your benefits going again.

The EPE is a 36-month period in which you can start your disability benefits again if you are not working, or your earnings are below SGA due to the effects of your disabling condition. If you continue to work and earn over the SGA limit past the months of the EPE, your disability benefits may be...terminated.

That said...Social Security allows one more consideration to disability beneficiaries. If your disability benefits have been terminated due to work, you have five years from the month you terminated in which to apply for expedited reinstatement (EXR) of your disability benefits if you are alleging the same disabling conditions. You will be given six months of provisional disability payments while Social Security determines if you are still disabled.

In summary, the SGA limit determines the amount of work you can perform, and still be eligible to file for, or continue to receive SSDI benefits.

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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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