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.

Bryan

In reply to by Lynne (not verified)

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 10:21 Permalink

Hi Lynne,
You may work as many hours as you'd like, however you would still be limited by the income limits for SSI and the Substantial Gainful Activity limits for SSDI.

Anonymous (not verified)
Fri, 09/09/2016 - 00:05 Permalink

I get ssd and I want to know if I'm able to go to work how much can I make a month and still receive my benefits

Bryan

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 09:04 Permalink

Hi there,
You may be able to make up to $1,130 a month, however it may be a good idea to contact the SSA and confirm that you would still be able to work under their definition of your disability.

Tony bates (not verified)
Sun, 09/18/2016 - 05:48 Permalink

My girlfriends son had a stroke at age 11 and collects 675.00 for ssdi. Also food stamps which he gets 110.00 a month. He never had a job to pay any taxes for social security, so I was wanting to know if there is any way he should get more than that or can he work part time for extra income without losing any of his benefits he has now, because he is 24 years old now and he has never had a increase in his benefits and wants to live on his own but can't afford it with what he receives now. I would appreciate any useful info.

Bryan

In reply to by Tony bates (not verified)

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 10:19 Permalink

Hi Tony,
Yes, your girlfriend's son may be able to work, however there are earnings limits that he would need to stay under to keep receiving benefits. It may be a good idea to contact your local SSI office for assistance, as they can go into detail regarding the limits that your he may need to be aware of.

Kim (not verified)
Wed, 09/21/2016 - 13:23 Permalink

I haven't worked in about 15 years due to disability. On ssdi about 11 or 12. Originally for fibromyalgia, ptsd and anxiety. More recently I was diagnosed with a brain issue, spinal cord abnormality, mild cognitive dysfunction, word finding and some other crappy stuff. I worked with children and infants before, which I know I can't do again. I can't lift babies or walk carrying them, etc. I have lifting restrictions and balance issues and couldn't handle the noise. I know I sound like a total basket case! But anyway! I want to do something. Anything that I can do! Something! I read that I have to make a certain amount under the ticket to work. I think $810 per month. I don't think I can work enough hours to make that much! But I would like to TRY to work some hours. Maybe shoot for 8-10 hours per week at first and see how it goes!?? But I spoke to one of the agencies from the ticket to work website and they weren't really interested in me, since I'm not confident that I can immediately return full time. I'm discouraged! :( Do I have to start out full time? Can't I try for a few hours per week and see how it goes? Do I have to work with an agency? Do I have to have a referral from an agency in order to go to go to work?

Bryan

In reply to by Kim (not verified)

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 13:27 Permalink

Hi Kim,
You are not required to make $810 a month for the ticket to work program. Depending on what benefits you have, you may be able to start working part time without any change in your benefits. You may not need a referral from an agency and you may not need to work with one at all, either.

Self-Employed … (not verified)
Thu, 09/22/2016 - 04:21 Permalink

I have a son who tried to start his own business. He was VERY optomistic and had a couple of clients. He reported, of course, and we set a minimal buisiness plan. Socials security figured out some kind of (inflated) net amount per month and reduced his SSD accordingly (to $400 or so). It lasted about 3 months with the last month's earnings of $300. He told them it didn't work out (one of the real reasons may have been Social Security contacted his clients asking how much he gets paid and scared them away).... Anyhow, he went in and spoke with someone and reported his failed attempt and heard no response. We went back in a month later and are now told that NOTHING will change...he remains at the $400/mn until he files taxes for the year...which he can't do until around Jan 19th (when the IRS allows it). In the meantime, he can't pay his rent or any other expenses. He tried working because he thought if he was honest with them and it failed, things would be re-instated...We had read through material on "Trial Work Periods"... and thought it wouldn't hurt him for trying. Now he is nearly without housing and can't fix his car. The little he did have set aside to pay self-employment taxes is gone. They are telling him there is nothing they can do... he has to file his taxes first and will get a lump sum back-benefit. they are encouraging him to do side jobs...but he never earned enough to buy tools for the jobs he is capable of...they were "borrowed" in the past with the contingency that he would be buying his own....So, now he is trying to live on $400/mn which isn't working. Is there any thing we can do? (They said he could borrow money form someone:) That won't work.)

Bryan

In reply to by Self-Employed … (not verified)

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 09:44 Permalink

Hi there,
I'm sorry to hear about that! It appears that your son may be receiving SSI benefits rather than SSDI, which means he may not be eligible for the trial work period.

John leer (not verified)
Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:57 Permalink

i HAVE GONE OVER THE 1130 FOR ONE MOUNTH BECAUSE MY EMPOYER GAVE ME VACATION PAY UNEXPECTANTLY WILL MY SSDI CHECK BE SUSPENDED FOR THAT MONTH, WILL THERE BE OTHER REPERCUTIONS?

Anonymous (not verified)
Sat, 09/24/2016 - 16:05 Permalink

My son is on SSDI. If I leave him an inheritance will he lose it. Would a trust be the answer?

Bryan

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 13:56 Permalink

Hi there,
They may not lose their benefits because SSDI benefits do not have a limit for unearned income.

Kaye (not verified)
Sat, 09/24/2016 - 16:09 Permalink

Would an inheritance affect my son's SSDI?

Bryan

In reply to by Kaye (not verified)

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 13:53 Permalink

Hi Kaye,
If your son is receiving disability benefits based on his work record ( those are SSDI) rather than income ( that is SSI benefits), then he may not have a change in his benefits due to inheritance.

Anthony (not verified)
Sun, 09/25/2016 - 12:08 Permalink

I know you can't make over 810 a month and be counted a trial work period but how does Social Security look at the hours if you get paid $6 an hour and it takes you 60 hours to make that $810 will they look at the hours worked or just the money

Bryan

In reply to by Anthony (not verified)

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 13:55 Permalink

Hi Anthony,
They may only look at the overall income for that month rather than hours worked.

John Carter (not verified)
Mon, 09/26/2016 - 16:37 Permalink

How many s hours can i work. And get my check

Annmaria (not verified)
Wed, 09/28/2016 - 05:41 Permalink

I'm on Ssi disability I get 733 .. I found a place thats paying $8 an hr for 35-40 for helping a lady around doing light cleaning and mostly just keeping her ocuppide till her daughter gets home .Itpays every 2 week.will it affect my Ssi. I'm single mom and I'm struggling off a $700 month Ssi income.

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