Can you work and still receive SSD?

by Staff | May 2nd, 2012

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has special rules called “work incentives” that help you keep your benefits and Medicare while you test your ability to work, reports The Sacramento Bee.

If you are disabled and work in spite of your disability, you may continue to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) until your earnings exceed the SSD income limit, which varies from state to state.

If your SSD payments are stopped because of your earnings and you become unable to work again because of your disability, you may ask  to restart your SSD payments. If you make this request within five years after the month your SSD benefits stopped, you will not have to file a new application.

Because of your medical condition, if you work, you may pay for some extra expenses that people without disabilities do not need. For example, you may need to take a taxi to work instead of using public transportation. The SSA may be able to deduct such expenses from your monthly earnings.

If SSA approves your plan for a work goal and your working reduces your dependence on SSD, any money that you use for this purpose will not be counted against you.

For more information, go to Working While disabled–A Guide to Plans for Achieving Self-Support on the Social Security website at

If you or someone you know needs help with Social Security Disability benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.

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