Q: I'm on dialysis and, I receive SSDI I'd like to start a small business is this possible?
Yes, you can do a some work and still get SSDI benefits. The Social Security encourages work activity and there are special program rules and work incentives that help you try to return to work while still receiving monthly disability payments. Impairment-related work expenses, items or services related to your disability that you need in order to work, are taken into account.
Two important work incentives under SSDI are:
Trial Work Period (TWP) – During the TWP, you can work and still keep your full monthly SSDI check. The TWP lasts for 9 months in a 60-month timeframe.
Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE) – After the TWP, there is an EPE during which you can receive your full SSDI check for any month on which you were not able to earn substantial gainful activity. The EPE lasts for up to a 36-month timeframe.
For more information about work incentives, refer to the Red Book at https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-64-030.pdf.
You would report your work activity to Social Security. Social Security may review your case at some point to see if your condition has medically improved or if you can perform substantial gainful activity (SGA) .
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