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Can You Work While Receiving SSDI? Yes – But There Are Significant Limits

A major sickness, accident, or disability that prevents an individual from working is covered by the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, a federal initiative. It is the applicant’s obligation to demonstrate that they are unable to engage in “substantial gainful activity” while applying for SSDI. In other words, you haven’t been able to earn enough money to sustain yourself for at least a year because of your impairment.

In fact, the requirements for receiving disability benefits are far more intricate, and frequently call for the advice of an experienced social security disability attorney. However, if you are applying for SSDI or have already been granted disability benefits, you might be worried about how much part-time employment you can perform while still receiving benefits. This post will go into greater detail on how one can work a part-time job while receiving or applying for SSDI. You can contact PLBH at (800) 435-7542 if you are in need of a legal consultation.

Working part-time while trying to get SSDI

The process of applying for Social Security Disability payments may be quite difficult and include a lot of different variables. The applicant has the burden of demonstrating to the federal or state judge hearing their case that they lack the skills necessary to conduct job above a specific level. This implies that a candidate ought to be able to work part-time and yet be eligible for benefits. However, a lot of those who adjudicate these cases frequently see any job as evidence that the claimant is not truly incapacitated.

If you are currently employed, even part-time, the adjudicator could determine that you might work more, possibly with minor modifications or in a position that requires less physical labor. It might not be a good idea to work part-time while submitting an SSDI application because of this. Consult your social security disability attorney to find out if your part-time employment can lead to the denial of your claim.

Working part-time while receiving SSDI

If your application for disability benefits is granted, you might want to consider taking on part-time employment to supplement your income. By offering incentives like the Ticket to Work program, the Social Security Administration incentivizes beneficiaries to find employment. Recipients may continue receiving benefits as long as their monthly maximum earnings remain below that amount.

It’s crucial to check in with your disability benefits attorney to make sure that your part-time employment conforms with current law and policy since the Social Security Administration may modify these programs in the future and limit the amount of earnings for a person receiving disability benefits.

Cap on monthly earnings

The Social Security Administration has created an income cap for “substantial gainful activity,” regardless of whether you are seeking for SSDI benefits or already receive them (SGA). In 2022, that amount is $2260 per month for someone who is legally blind and $1350 per month for someone who is not legally blind. On the website of the Social Security Administration, you may obtain the most recent amount. As was previously said, it could be beneficial for candidates to work part-time while they wait for benefit approval. To learn how part-time employment may affect your application or current benefits, it is advisable to speak with a Social Security disability benefits attorney.

PLBH is available if you want to learn more about SSDI. Our lawyers can help you with your application and benefits since they have experience in the area of social security disability benefits. To arrange a consultation, call our office at (800) 435-7542 or send an email to