What Are the Limits on Social Security Disability Income?
Benefits like Social Security Disability Income provides monthly compensation to individuals who can no longer work due to their medical conditions. If you are approved for Social Security disability income by the SSA, you could receive monthly payments for more than $2,000 depending on your earnings record.. But there are limits on earnings for those who choose to work while receiving benefits.
What if I decide to go back to work?
If you are receiving Social Security disability income, and feel healthy enough to work, you may do so, providing that you notify the SSA about your earnings. For a trial period of up to nine non-consecutive months you may have unlimited earnings and still receive full benefits. After your nine-month trial period, the SSA will then determine if you are still entitled to receive benefits.
If your Social Security disability income has stopped because you are working, your benefits will resume if:
- Your income falls below Substantial Gainful Activity or
- If your disability forces you to stop working again within five years
What are the general income limits set by the SSA?
In 2010 the SSA set the disability beneficiaries’ earnings limits at
- $1,000 per month for Substantial Gainful Activity (non-blind)
- $1,640 per month for Substantial Gainful Activity (blind)
- $720 per trial-period month
In addition to receiving Social Security disability income during your trial-period, you may be eligible for other incentives while you make the transition back to work.
The Ticket to Work Program
If you are receiving Social Security disability income, but would like to go back to work, the Ticket to Work Program provides employment services to help you on your way. The program includes free training and job referrals. And those who participate are entitled to receive their Social Security disability income during their trial-period.
Are you considering applying for disability? The disability attorneys and advocates at Freedom Disability provide professional education and representation services for people who need disability benefits. Get started today by scheduling a free evaluation of your claim – (800) 298-6885.