Oakland, CA asked in Social Security for California

Q: Can u rec ssi and work less than 20 HRS a month .

Due to the epidemic I applied for the epidemic assistance by the EDD . I was like a taxie giving rides. The web site says u can do that . Is that true.

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A: If SSA investigates you and thinks you can work, they will deny you. They don't need a specific rule to do it. That said, you can automatically be kicked out of the system if you earn too much in a month. It has nothing to do with how many hours you work. If you earn over $1,000 in a month, you are really close to being denied unless you have specific federal protections for your earnings. They have a "ticket to earn" program that I am aware of, but there may be others.

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Prattville, AL

A: Yes, you can apply and receive unemployment and still receive Social Security disability payments. For SSI, unemployment benefits are considered to be unearned income and can be included as countable income. Generally, the more countable income you have, the less your SSI benefit will be. Be aware that some things are not considered countable income. For example, Social Security excludes from your earned income any out-of-pocket expenses you pay for certain items and services that relate to your disability that you need in order to work, such as an assistive device. Social Security also provides incentives for you to try to return to work. Social Security will not conduct a medical review to see if you are able to work if you are participating in the Ticket to Work program and making progress toward your goals. See https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-work-ussi.htm.

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