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Social Security Disability ?

If your on Social Security Disability and want to work a little job dose anybody know how much they will take away? 

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  • Judith
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    Social security disability isn't reduced because of earnings.  You are either entitled to the entire benefit or none at all.  Earnings of $1220 a month is considered to be gainful employment.  As long as you don't earn $1220 a month, entitlement will not end because of working.  If you earn $1220 a month or more then disability will eventually terminate.

    It is only on SSI (supplemental security income) that income reduces your monthly benefit amount and that is because SSI is a federal welfare program.

    Social Security and SSI are two entirely different types of programs.  One is welfare; the other isn't and earnings impact entitlement differently.

    If you care to know more about it then download the pamphlet "What you need to know when you get social security disability benefits."

    Whether you get social security disability or SSI disability you are still required to report when you start and end a job.  With SSI you are also required to provide proof of income on a monthly basis.

    Source(s): I was a SS claims rep for 32 yrs.
  • Poppy
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    In 2009 you could earn up to $900 a month before they reduced your SSDI.

    • Judith
      Lv 7
      2 weeks agoReport

      You are confusing a month which counts in the trial work period with when earnings would terminate benefits.  SSDI is only terminated if a person completes the 9 month trial work period AND they are earning at least $1220 a month or more.

  • 2 weeks ago

    I'm not sure, but it's my understanding that even if one who is on disability earns within the income guidelines, that may still be looked upon as possibly having attained "gainful activity."  Perhaps you may consider talking with a disability lawyer, for instance, about the income guidelines (and/or social security administration).

    • Judith
      Lv 7
      2 weeks agoReport

      If they are entitled to benefits, they contact SS if they have questions - not an attorney.

  • reme_1
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    Depends on your social security and the amount you make on a job.

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  • Everyone is encouraged to work, even on SSI. The difference is on SSI you lose some of your benefit, on SSDI you don't.  SSI you have to report income monthly, on SSDI  you don't. You only lose SSDI if you make consistently make 1220 a month. If you go over occasionally it is OK. (Like you get paid for playing Santa!)  But if you stay too close to 1220 all the time they will review your benefit status.

  • 2 weeks ago

    nothing as long as you earn less than 1220/month....if you earn more consistently, you will lose the benefit

  • martin
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    They may take away as much as you make on the job. But if it's just a casual job where you are completely independent without taxes being withheld, that may not matter.

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