Can I Work Part-Time And Still Get Disability?
Filing a successful claim for disability benefits is often a challenging and lengthy process. Once a disability attorney helps you secure benefits to sustain your livelihood, you must abide by certain rules to keep your government payments intact. While you certainly don’t want to jeopardize losing disability benefits, you may miss the social interaction that you had when you still worked. Because of that, some Social Security disability beneficiaries wonder if they can work part-time and still receive benefits. This blog will explain your options if you are considering entering the workforce on a part-time basis.
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The Social Security Disability lawyer at Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O. can help you secure needed benefits to support yourself. Our experienced disability attorney can offer support and advice as it pertains to your debt and circumstances. Call us today at 402-234-8787. You also can share your story here.
What is SGA and How Does it Affect Me?
It’s important that you understand the meaning of “substantial gainful activity” (SGA), as it is called by the SSA. These figures periodically change, but as of 2021, SGA is defined as earning more than $1,310 per month as a disabled individual or $2,190 per month if you are blind. If your monthly earnings exceed SGA, your disability benefits will stop. There are some exceptions, however.
The SSA offers work incentives, which are trial periods and programs that allow Social Security disability recipients to transition back into the workforce. You can do this for a limited time without giving up your disability benefits. One program is called Ticket to Work, which offers job training, work experiences, and various services to help them once again return to the workforce and be self-supporting. Program participants get waived SGA limits, so they can continue receiving disability benefits while participating in a trial work program with an employer that participates in the program.
If you make it through the trial program and get a job through the program, you will give up your disability benefits. But if your medical condition returns, or if it worsens, you can give up your job and start receiving disability benefits once again. The Ticket to Work program is available to both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.
If you receive SSDI benefits, you can take a trial period of 9 months to see if you are able to return to the workforce. During those 9 months, you can receive your SSDI benefits while you work. Those 9 months can be spread out over a five-year period, and regardless of what you earn during a trial month, you can keep your disability benefits. After those 9 months, if you can return to work you will lose your disability benefits.
If you work part-time, you do not want to exceed the SGA limits. The SGA limits are adjusted each year based on the average wage changes. You should also be attentive to the hours that you work. If you work a part-time job that pays less than SGA, but that requires 30 hours per week, when your case is up for review your disability examiner may think that you could work enough to exceed the SGA limits and you could lose your disability benefits.
Speak With a Disability Attorney
If you are receiving disability benefits and you are interested in returning to work part-time, you should speak with your disability attorney. Our disability team works to help disabled workers get approved for the benefits they need. Call our office for a consultation today.
About Watson & Carroll
Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a workers’ compensation case, a personal injury claim, a medical malpractice case, or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld.