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Working Part Time Can Affect Your SSD Benefits

Posted on :January 20, 2015ByLowenstein Disability Lawyers

Los Angeles disability attorneyEven after you are found by the SSA to be disabled and set to receive disability benefits, there is more information you should learn about. For example, it’s possible for you to receive fewer benefits if you work part time and earn a certain amount. To make sure that you know all relevant facts about your benefits, consult with your Los Angeles disability attorney.

Working Part Time May Cause a Reduction of Your Benefits

While working part time alone will not stop your disability benefits, you may receive a reduced amount depending on the amount of your salary and what kind of disability benefit you are receiving. There are two types of disability benefits programs:

  • Social Security disability benefits, occasionally referred to as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI); and
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

A Los Angeles Disability Attorney Explains How Working Part Time Affects Supplemental Security Income Benefits

After you earn your first $65 (or $85 if you lack other income), the Social Security Administration (SSA) will reduce your SSI benefits by one dollar for every two dollars you make. In other words, it’s possible for your SSI benefits to stop after you earn a certain amount working part time.

However, the SSA will continue your SSI benefits once your earnings drop, as long as your benefits have not stopped due to your total earnings for a whole year. You will have to reapply from the beginning after not receiving benefits for a year.

A Los Angeles Disability Lawyer Discusses How Working Part Time Affects Social Security Disability Benefits

Your benefits will be unaffected if you make a salary below the “substantial gainful activity” amount. This means that the SSA will not stop or reduce your benefit and will send you the full amount as you work part time. Even if you earn above the “substantial gainful activity,” you might still be able to get your full benefit during the nine-month trial work period.

SSD applicants who are assisted by an experienced attorney will significantly increase their chances of obtaining their benefits. For a free initial consultation with a knowledgeable Los Angeles disability attorney, please call the law offices of Janna Lowenstein at 800-954-7752.

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