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Hi Kathy,

Hi Kathy,

She may be able to work part time, but her monthly income cannot exceed the 2017 SGA limit, if it does she could lose her SSI benefits.

Lee
Can ex-wife to be try to get

Can ex-wife to be try to get part of my S.S.D.I ??? Im a 100% disabled vet.

Hi Lee,

Hi Lee,

She may be able to if you were married to the person for over ten years;
You are at least 62 years old;
You are currently unmarried; and
You are not eligible for a larger Social Security payment on your own record.

mike
SS rep told me that i can

SS rep told me that i can earn up to $1170 per mo. Said if I stay under that amount that i will never be removed from my ssdi. Im 59 years old. been on ssdi for 14 years. However, Im reading about a trial work period cap of $840 that, if exceeded, will count as a 'trial work period'. All i want to do is earn extra income to pay bills. but am i going to get bounced off of ssdi in 9 months if i earn... say... $1000?

Maria
I am a Disabled single mother

I am a Disabled single mother of 2 paying Mortgage, Bills, Car payments etc... I was told I could work as I was not making it on my social security Disability Benefits alone ($650 a month). I went to the local social security office to ask them if I could work to help ends meet and the lady said yes, so as long as I did not surpass the SGA amount of I believe at that time was $1060 a month. I stayed well below that amount all of the time that I worked, however, after about 6 months I was sent a letter from social security asking me for a review, at that time I did not worry about losing my Disability Benefits as I had consulted with Social Security to make sure my part time job would not affect my benefits as I could not risk losing them, however, after being reviewed and although I never surpassed the SGA amount I was told by Social Security my benefits were being terminated simply because they felt I could work... period. It had nothing to do with the SGA amount, they just simply FELT I could work and so my benefits were being stopped.

HI Maria,

HI Maria,
I'm sorry to hear about that! Generally they would also base any decision about that on your own reporting, the nature of your condition, and what type of work that you are doing.

Maria
I am permanently Disabled.

I am permanently Disabled. My disability condition is incurable as it has been since I was 8 years old, I had a specialist retest me to prove there were no changes in regards to my condition and asked him to write a letter to social security with my results, unfortunately, that didn't help much... :(

Hi Maria,

Hi Maria,
I'm sorry to hear about that! You may want to contact a disability advocate or attorney about your case, you can get in touch with one by filling out this form:
https://www.disability-benefits-help.org/form/free-disability-evaluation

Justin
Ok, so, I'm trying to

Ok, so, I'm trying to figure this out. I see these numbers of $840 or 1170 a month in earnings. Does that number include my benefits? I get 778 a month in SSDI. Does that mean I can only earn $392 a month?

Hi Justin,

Hi Justin,
That does not include your benefits, $840 is the amount that you would be able to earn while on disability without a change in benefits, and $1,170 is the amount of money per month that the SSA uses to determine if you are unable to work a substantial amount.

Hi Justin,

Hi Justin,
That does not include your benefits, $840 is the amount that you would be able to earn while on disability without a change in benefits, and $1,170 is the amount of money per month that the SSA uses to determine if you are unable to work a substantial amount.

Mark
Hi. I want to know how to go

Hi. I want to know how to go about doing everything the right legal way. I am disabled and have been since 2014. I want to start back work to see what I can do, and if I can do it. I plan to work about 3 4hour shifts per week, which will be about $700-800 in income (maybe less) a month. How do I go about this the right way? Also, I am assuming I should call SSDI and let them know, but if I let them know that I am going back, working short shifts and few shifts, will my SSDI stop? I am so afraid of losing my benefits that I think it keeps me from trying. Like I said the additional amount earned per month GROSS is 700-800 per month, so I am not going to be above SGA.

Hi Mark,

Hi Mark,

You should report any additional income to the SSA. You are able to work and still in on Social Security benefits. However, if your total monthly income including your Social Security benefits is over the 2017 SGA lmit, it could affect your benefits.

Mark
So if my monthly check from

So if my monthly check from SSDI is 1225.00 what am I able to earn in addition to that where I won't be above SGA?

Hi Mark,

Hi Mark,
For SSDI, you would be able to earn up to $840 a month without triggering the trial work period rules for that month.

Anonymous
how many hours a week can i

how many hours a week can i work with out losing any of my s.s.i or s.s.d.i money

Hi there,

Hi there,
There is no set amount of hours that you would be able to work and still receive benefits.

Jaime
I work full time and I too

I work full time and I too have multiple sclerosis. most days I feel like I hot a brick wall. Had a baby and had a relapse leaving my fingers permanently numb....I also get Ocular migraines and I sit at a desk for 9 hours a day typing. I am a paralegal. There is no way I can quit while applying. I have 2 kids to support...suggestions?

Hi Jaime,

Hi Jaime,
You may want to reach out to support groups in your community, if your family can help, that may be a good idea as well.

David m
Hello so I just got a job

Hello so I just got a job working part time I am in disability for the last 20 years I make 753 a month on SSDI and I get medacad Medicare will I loose my benefits if I work.

Hi David,

Hi David,
You may not, but it's always a good idea to contact the SSA regarding changes in income.

Kevin
I am going back to work soon.

I am going back to work soon. However I will only be able to start out by working maybe to 4 hour shifts a week. What's that earning will be well under the $840 limit. Hopefully I can eventually work my way up to more hours as I can tolerate them. My main concern is what keeps me from losing my benefits during the time where I'm making below SGA? I want to try to go back to work and see what I can do but by doing that I don't want to lose my benefits. I know that if I start to make above $840 that that will initiate a free trial work period month and I'm okay with that. I am just worried that while I am working a small amount of hours and earning below $840 a month if I will lose my benefits and what protects me from losing them? Also how long after your trial work period can I keep Medicare part A and B? If I start work I know I will need to report that to the Social Security Administration which I'm fine with but what prevents them from auditing my case right then and there? I think there are people out there who want to test their ability and work and get back into the workforce but it is terrifying the thought that we may lose our benefits and still end up to where we can support ourselves because of our disability. I would really appreciate an informative answer on these questions please. I just want to feel better about my decision to try to test my abilities and enter back into the workforce. Your time and assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!

Anonymous
Can I earn more money then

Can I earn more money then the disability is sending me now Australia minimum wage 55 and work my whole life mostly

It depends on how much you

It depends on how much you earn per month from disability benefits--there's no way to tell for sure!

SAG
How do I find out my SGA if I

How do I find out my SGA if I am on SSDI and I want to get a part time job?

Hi There,

Hi There,

The SGA limit for 2017 is $1,170/Month gross income.

ETHAN FOUGNER
I am on ssdi and need more

I am on ssdi and need more money to pay bills. ......I know the limit is 1170 a month for sga on ssdi....I make between 990 and 1150 a month at my part time job. ...ssa is now telling me that this way too high and I need to pay back the last two years and lose all benefits. ....I know the ssi limits are lower than ssdi......but I'm on ssdi not ssi....I thought I was following the rules where are they coming from?

Hi Ethan,

Hi Ethan,
While the SSA does allow people to work while receiving SSI or SSDI benefits, you may have become ineligible some time in the past and as such the SSA is seeking money to recoup its overpayment.

Tiffany
I receive Survivor's

I receive Survivor's benefits for my son and I, how much can I earn if I go back to work? I haven't worked since 2012... I can't afford to lose any of my benefits. I'm hoping to supplement my current income. Thank you

Hi Tiffany,

Hi Tiffany,
Survivor's benefits are not based on income, so you may not have a limit on income through work.

Seamus
Hi, I have a civil service

Hi, I have a civil service pension (fire dept non-disability) and also receive SSDI from a later injury on another job. Can I still work a job where I will earn about $600 per month. I just wondered whether my pension will work against me as earning too much..

Hi Seamus,

Hi Seamus,
Pensions may not be considered "earned income" for the purposes of determining work income by the SSA.

Muneca
I am on SSID and I also have

I am on SSID and I also have a 19 year Son with Special Needs who now receives SSID as an adult. I have full Guardianship over him now.
1. I have a problem where they took Medicaid away and placed him on Share of Coast because they are combining both his and my Disability payments. I thought they could not do that. He's an Adult with a Disability and so am I. It should be completely separate. One person said due to the fact that he lives with me. I said it should not matter I was appointed his Guardian and he pays expenses which I account for every year. What can I do.

2. Also my Son even with his Mental Disabilaity. He loves to draw. There is a program that encouraged him to Sell his Drawings. How would that affect his SSID? If he just Sold a few. Or they suggested I promote his drawings online. I am a Single Mother struggling and it's confusing.

3. I just received a noticed that they will be putting my Son on Medicare A anod B which is what I have. That means his benefits will be much less. He receives $883

Thank you in advance.

Hi there,

Hi there,
1. You may want to contact the office in your state that administers Medicaid, as eligibility varies by state. Additionally, they may have started to determine his benefits as an adult because he is over 18, which may change the criteria they use for eligibility.
2. His benefits may not be affected by selling a few paintings, however, if he makes over $840 a month doing so he may trigger a trial work period. You can find out more here:
https://www.disability-benefits-help.org/glossary/trial-work-period
3. You may want to contact the SSA regarding this, as your child may be eligible to be a Qualified Medicare Beneficiary, which can lower the amount he would need to pay in Medicare premiums. you can call them at 1-800-772-1213.

Anonymous
If I am on SSDI can I

If I am on SSDI can I substitute as a school aide 3 or 4 times a month and pay is $430 gross will I lose my SSDI? I wouldn't be called all the time.

Hi there,

Hi there,
you may be able to, however you may want to contact the SSA regarding this. You can call them at 1-800-772-1213.

Anonymous
How much can make in a year

How much can make in a year while receiving ssd?

Your monthly income cannot

Your monthly income cannot exceed the 2017 SGA limit.

Anonymous
I work part time making 650 a

I work part time making 650 a month will this effect my disability payment ?

Hi there,

Hi there,
I can't really say, if you're receiving income-based benefits rather than benefits based off of your work record, your benefits may be affected.

Anonymous
How do you know the

How do you know the differance

Hi there,

Hi there,
If you're unsure of what benefits you receive, you may want to contact the SSA as they would know.

Joe
I draw 900 my minor child

I draw 900 my minor child draws180 off of me it is not ssi my letters always say ssa how many cars or other things can I own

HI Joe,

HI Joe,
If your child is receiving benefits based off of your SSDI rather than income-based SSI benefits, you may not have asset limits. It may be a good idea to contact the SSA regarding this.

HI Joe,

HI Joe,
If your child is receiving benefits based off of your SSDI rather than income-based SSI benefits, you may not have asset limits. It may be a good idea to contact the SSA regarding this.

Debra
I receive ssdi started

I receive ssdi started working for two months full time and found out I couldn't do it no more I haven't reported yet cause I wanted to try the 9 month period but I just couldn't do it now I work 15 hrs a week do Ibneed 2 report it or what I don't want to loose my benefits I thought I could return to work

Hi Debra,

Hi Debra,
It's a good idea to report any earnings to the SSA.

Vince
Hi, I am scheduled to start

Hi, I am scheduled to start receiving SSDI in Jan 2018. I wondered if I am also eligible for the 5% increase to take effect in Jan. Thanks...

Hi Vince,

Hi Vince,
Your benefit amount may already include any increases for next year.

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