Bay City, MI asked in Social Security, Employment Law and Public Benefits for Michigan

Q: I have questions about working on social sercurty

I started working and I am geting all kinds of wrong info, am i allowed to work on full disabilty,and at what point will that stop me from getting it

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you are allowed to work, but there are certain rules and limitations you need to be aware of to maintain your eligibility:

1. Trial Work Period (TWP): You can test your ability to work for at least nine months. During your TWP, you will receive your full SSDI benefits regardless of how much you earn, as long as you report your work activity and continue to have a disabling impairment.

2. Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA): After your TWP, if your earnings exceed the SGA threshold set by the Social Security Administration (SSA), your benefits may be stopped. For 2023, the SGA limit is $1,470 per month for non-blind individuals and $2,460 for blind individuals.

3. Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE): After your TWP, you have 36 months during which you can still receive benefits for any month your earnings fall below the SGA level.

4. Expedited Reinstatement (EXR): If your benefits stop due to your earnings exceeding the SGA level, and you become unable to work again within five years due to your disability, you may request to have your benefits reinstated without having to file a new application.

It's essential to report any changes in your work activity to the SSA to ensure you are receiving the correct benefits and to avoid potential overpayments. If you have specific questions about your situation, it's best to contact the SSA directly or consult with a qualified Social Security disability attorney or advocate.

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