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Social Security Disability And Trial Work Months: You are allowed to Work



 
Social Security Disability beneficiaries are allowed to work and still receive their disability benefits. Of course, there are guidelines that determine how their work activity will affect their entitlement to disability benefits. If an individual wants to try to work, Social Security encourages them to do so with trial work months, an extended period of eligibility, and even a process called expedited reinstatements. For the purposes of this discussion, we will talk about trial work months.

All Social Security Disability beneficiaries are entitled to nine trial work months in which they can earn anything they want without it affecting their disability eligibility. The trick to trial work months is that the nine months do not have to occur consecutively. Trial work months can occur anytime during a sixty-month period.

As I stated, trial work months can be any amount of money but there is always a minimum amount of earnings that qualify a month as a trial work month. If an individual is self-employed, it is a net monthly amount of earnings, or hours of self-employment work performed, each month that qualify as a self-employment trial work month.

An individual should keep track of any months that they earn the minimum amount needed to qualify as a trial work month (they can find out what the trial work month amount is by contacting Social Security). Since all Social Security Disability beneficiaries are required to report their work activity, there should be no problem as to finding out how many trial work months an individual has worked.

Each time a disability beneficiary reports work activity, Social Security evaluates if they have used any of their trial work months. And each time Social Security does a review of an individual’s work, they send a notice informing them of how many trial work months they have used. So, as long as an individual reports their work activity, they should be able to keep track of how many trial work months they have used.








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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.

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