CAN I WORK AND STILL RECEIVE SSDI?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/22/2011 - 11:28

I RECEIVE SSDI DUE TO A PERMANTLY DISSABLED RIGHT ARM AND HAND (THAT IS WHY I TYPE IN ALL CAPS, I.E., ITS EASIER); I HAVE SEVERE BACK PAIN AND I HAVE DIFFICULTY WALKING AS A RESULT OF A BROKEN NECK (FRACTURE OF C5 & C6). I STILL WANT TO WORK THOUGH... DOING WHAT, I DON'T KNOW. CAN I WORK AND RECEIVE SSDI AND IS THERE AN INCOME LIMIT? GRANT FROM GEORGIA.

Scotty (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:13 Permalink

I read the thread all the way through.. Like the person just before this listing, I've been on SSDI with Multiple Sclerosis since 2002. I'm 46 and have a chance to work a media job making about $700.00 monthly. By accepting this position, and keeping the SGA always under the limit, would I ever be in critical territory of losing my SSDI payment? Multiple Sclerosis is a covert sometimes overt illness with good, half way and some decent days. I'm mortified of losing my benefits. Without it I'd be on the street with cup in hand. Thank God for all I receive and I'm grateful to pay the rent and light bill. Ironically, I don't have Medical or dental Insurance, but Hospitalization Part A. So, you see.. I must protect my benefits. I worked my rear end off till I was 33 when I suffered a stroke and had my diagnosis. What is your advice? Thanks for your time.

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:13 Permalink

Hi Scotty,
No, so long as you stay under SGA, you will not lose your benefits. I would continue to be smart and make significantly less than $1,090 per month, just to be sure that your benefits won't be affected.

Brenda (not verified)
Sun, 12/27/2015 - 12:55 Permalink

I have been receiving SDI (California) since January of this year. It started as partial until August 18th when I and my employer finally put me on disability retirement. I applied for SSDI and was denied. I am currently applying for continued benefits for SDI because I am still not able to go back to work. My SDI will be running out within a couple of months.
I am wondering if, since SSDI says I can work part time, when this runs out I can apply for unemployment?

SSDI says I can do part time work but my employer will not take me back until medically cleared (with or without accommodations). My doctor will not clear me. I have multi-level spine issues. The WC AME will not put my neck and back PS, only shoulders and elbows. (Not receiving anything from WC because still fighting after almost 10 years. Only recently things have finally gotten to the point where my body just can't take it any more and I can't take the pain anymore).

Stuck between a rock and a hard place. Should I apply for SSI? I currently receive $1030 gross disability retirement. (They take taxes and insurance out of that).

Any Info would be appreciated.

Deanna

In reply to by Brenda (not verified)

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 10:03 Permalink

Hi Brenda,
You should NOT file for unemployment while trying to get SSDI benefits. This is because the two programs completely contradict each other. SSDI benefits are for people who are so disabled they are unable to work again, and unemployment is for people who are trying to find a job.

Dean I (not verified)
Tue, 01/19/2016 - 03:37 Permalink

I have been on Ssdi for 6 months and get 702.00 per month that seems low to me, can I have that increased? Thank you

Kimberly (not verified)
Sat, 02/06/2016 - 15:00 Permalink

If I draw 770$ ssd can I still work and draw my check.

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 02/11/2016 - 23:51 Permalink

if you have a workmans com case will that affect ssd.

sheila (not verified)
Fri, 02/12/2016 - 02:06 Permalink

I receive ssdi and do hair. I filed self employed but didn't keep track of when I made my earnings. I haven't cashed my refund check either. I don't want to lose my ssdi. What do I do and can I get penalized for this?

Deanna

In reply to by sheila (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 17:07 Permalink

Hi Sheila,
Unfortunately, all you can do is report whatever additional income you know of and see what happens. The good news is that if you are disqualified from SSDI benefits, it is easy to reinstate them the following month if you can prove that you are no longer earning an income that will disqualify you.

laura (not verified)
Mon, 02/15/2016 - 13:53 Permalink

I make 1090.0 per month on ssdi, how much is the amount I can make per month if I return to work part time?

Deanna

In reply to by laura (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 17:08 Permalink

Hi Laura,
You can earn up to $1,130 per month and still stay on SSDI. Keep in mind that the more you earn, the more your benefits will be affected. The SSA will start to reduce some of your monthly benefits to make up for your additional income. But so long as you are earning less than $1,130, you will be fine.

Jackie (not verified)

In reply to by Deanna

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 08:58 Permalink

Hi Deanna,
I'm confused about this. You say that if a person makes less than $1,130 a month, they should be fine. But you also say that the more you earn, the more your benefits will be affected. Does this mean that even if you're earning less than $1,130, that your benefits are proportionately decreased? Or is it only after making more than $1,130 that benefits are decreased? Thanks for your help!

Bryan

In reply to by Jackie (not verified)

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 11:43 Permalink

Hi Jackie,
Benefits are not decreased proportionally, they would be paid in full. The SSA gives recipients a nine month "trial work period" if you make over $810 a month for nine months (these months don't need to be back to back). You can make over the 1,130 dollars during this period and have no change in benefits. However, they would change after that time and you would have to make less than $ 1,130 a month to get benefits after that time.

Tammy Knott (not verified)
Tue, 02/23/2016 - 15:58 Permalink

I tried working but could not physically or mentally work more then two days so I had no choice but to quit . I reported everything and they sent me forms in the mails now I'm scared I will lose my benefits bc I tried working to make a few extra dollars to feed us . Should I be worried bc I mentally can handle the waiting till they get back with me .

Bryan

In reply to by Tammy Knott (not verified)

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 11:48 Permalink

Hi Tammy,
I'm sorry to hear you're so worried! You don't need to be, because if you have not earned more than the 733 dollar limit( for individuals) or the 1,100 dollar limit for couples, you'll still be eligible for benefits.

Mrs. (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 08:44 Permalink

where does that 733 dollar amount come from I thought it was $810.00

Bryan

In reply to by Mrs. (not verified)

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 13:07 Permalink

Hi there, the 733 dollar amount is the Federal Benefit Limit for SSI, it does not apply to SSDI.

m (not verified)
Tue, 02/23/2016 - 21:44 Permalink

I was approved for SSI and Disability a week ago. In the waiting to be approved I also found a small job paying 450 a month. If I work this small job will they take away my disability payment? I have two kids and do not recieve money for them. I cant survive off of just the 733 a month.

Bryan

In reply to by m (not verified)

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 11:58 Permalink

Hi M,
You can still receive benefits while working, however your benefits may change depending on your income.

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