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If I Apply For Disability And Go Back To Work, Do I Need To Report This?

If you have applied for disability with the Social Security Administration, you should understand that work is the second component in your eligibility determination for disability benfits. All Social Security disability determinations involve both a medical and work performance determination. The fact that you have returned to some work while applying for SSDI (social security disability insurance) or SSI does not necessarily mean your disability claim will be denied. However, it is extremely important for you to report all work activity to Social Security as soon as possible.

If you are performing substantial gainful work activity, your disability claim may be denied. This will happen whether you are just filing your claim, or your claim has been pending for some time and awaiting a decision. What is SGA? SGA is a monthly earnings amount that Social Security has deemed to be self-supporting. If you are earning over the SGA amount, you are not disabled under the guidelines of the Social Security disability program even if your disabling condition is terminal.

To see the current limit: How much can you work and still receive disability benefits?

However, if you are working but earning under the SGA monthly earningís amount, your disability claim will not be denied. But, while working under the SGA earnings amount will not cause your disability claim to be denied, it still has to be officially addressed in your disability file.

If you do not report going back to work to Social Security, you may cause your disability claim to be denied even if you are medically approved for disability. This is why it is advisable for any person who applies for disability to understand how work affects disability eligibility. If you do not understand the effect work has upon your disability eligibility, you should contact Social Security prior to returning to any kind of work activity so as not to disadvantage your disability claim.

So many people who file for disability benefits do not understand SSDI and SSI disability work guidelines; consequently they are very disappointed to find that their claims while medically approved are still denied for the performance of SGA-level work activity. Report all work activity timely to Social Security and you may be able to avoid a costly pitfall.

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.

How to file for disability, SSD or SSI
How to file for Disability and what medical conditions qualify
How long will it take to get disability?
What if your disability gets denied?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How to get disability with a mental condition
How long for Social Security Disability Back pay
Social Security Disability SSI eligibility