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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 important is reporting income for those who currently receive disability benefits?

Reporting income is important to both an SSI claim and a Social Security Disability claim. If you are receiving Social Security benefits, you should report you earnings so that your trial work months and extended period of eligibility months may be established.

Your trial work period is a nine-month period (the months does not have to be consecutive) in a five-year rolling period in which you engage in SGA, or substantial gainful activity.

Note: Substantial gainful activity refers to working and earning a certain minimum amount each month before taxes. To see the current SGA limit.

Social Security does not consider trial work months to be an indication of medical improvement. If, during the tenth month, you are not engaging in SGA, your benefits will continue. However, if you are working then your benefit will be suspended. Either way your extended period of eligibility for disability will begin in the tenth month and will continue for the next thirty-six months.

If you are forced to stop working at anytime during the thirty-six month period due to the conditions that make you disabled you will automatically be reinstated to benefits. If you were terminated due to SGA performance, you will be allowed to file for an expedited reinstatement at any time during the five years following the termination month or when the termination decision was established.

An expedited reinstatement will involve an update of your medical treatment sources, and another disability determination to establish that you are still disabled according to Social Security rules and regulations.

You may receive provisional payments for six months while they (the state agency that handles medical determinations for the social security administration) make a medical decision on your expedited reinstatement.

If you are receiving SSI, you must report all income because it affects your entitlement and your benefit amount.

However, the most important reason for reporting income for either disability program is to avoid being overpaid. If you become overpaid you will be expected to repay the money to the Social Security Administration. If the overpayment can not be waived (forgiven by the Social Security Administration) or you have not made a payment arrangement, your benefit may be stopped.

The Social Security Administration may also keep your income tax return, should you be entitled to receive any return.

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

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

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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?

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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