Important Rules to Follow if You Try to Work While Receiving Social Security Disability

It is possible to work while you are receiving Social Security Disability benefits, but there are limits to how much you can earn. At the time of this writing, in 2018, you can work part-time, earning up to $1,180 per month. This limit is called SGA, which stands for substantial gainful employment.

Note that there are 2 months each year with 5 weeks, whereas the other 10 months have 4 weeks. This can result in you earning more during those two 5-week months, and it is important to ensure you do not exceed the $1,180 limit. Plan ahead to be sure not to make this mistake, as it can result in you losing your benefits.

There is also the option to try working full-time, and Social Security will work with you to determine a trial period of 3 to 6 months if you choose to do so. They want to encourage you to work if you can, rather than punish you. You would not receive benefits while working full-time. Coordinate with them, and if you determine during the trial period that you cannot do the full-time work, let them know you want to resume receiving benefits. Watch the video to learn more.

If you have questions about Social Security Disability, or if you have additional questions, call us at 609-771-8611. I welcome your call. Review our media library on our website at to learn more about Social Security Disability.

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