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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 individualís 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.

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

Related pages:

Are You Allowed to Work While Receiving Social Security Disability or SSI?
What is an unsuccessful work attempt?
If my medical condition keeps me from working will I get Social Security disability?
Canít Work In My Old Job, How Does Social Security Disability Consider This?
Social Security Disability And Trial Work Months: You are allowed to Work
Medical Disability - How does Social Security view your work and medical records
Is there a Maximum I can Work and Make if I am on SSD or SSI Disability Benefits?
Working while getting Disability - Is it Possible?
Can You Work While You Appeal Your Social Security Disability Decision?
How long do you have To Be Out Of Work Before You Get Social Security Disability (SSD)?
Can I work without it affecting my social security disability or SSI?
What happens if you are working when you file for disability or work after you apply for disability?
Will working part-time affect my SSD?
Working while on Social Security Disability and Not Reporting
What is SGA (Substantial Gainful Activity)?
If I Apply For Disability And Go Back To Work, Do I Need To Report This?
Are you allowed to work at all if you get Social Security disability or SSI?

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 answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria