Working and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

Special rules allow you to work temporarily without losing your monthly Social Security disability benefits. Example: Our trial work period allows you to test your ability to work for at least nine months without losing your benefits. As long as you remain disabled, you can get full Social Security disability benefits during those nine months no matter how much you earn. After your nine month trial work period, we still provide a safety net that allows you to work another three years risk free.

Extended Period of Eligibility

During those three years, you can work and still receive benefits for any months your work and earnings do not exceed these limits: dollar amounts for 2013 are for $1740 monthly [for] blind individuals, $1040 monthly [for] non-blind individuals. In most cases, you are still eligible for Medicare for an extended period.

Remember to tell us right away if:

  • You start or stop working,
  • You already reported your work but your duties or pay changed,
  • Your doctor says your condition has improved, or
  • You start paying for work expenses related to your disability.

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