What are My Working Rights While Receiving Benefits?

by | Aug 5, 2016 | Lawyer

Many people have bought into the myth that you can do nothing to earn extra income while receiving social security disability benefits. However, there is absolutely no truth to this statement. To educate you about your working rights while on disability, this article aims to clear the air with the true facts of the situation.

While you can earn money while receiving benefits, there is a limit to what you can make. In fact, you can make no more than $720 without it beginning to effect your social security disability payments. You will not lose your benefits if you exceed this amount, but it may cause your payments to drop a certain percentage. Ultimately, you need to work with the SSA to determine how it will affect your rates. Thankfully, the SSA has many work incentive programs to help push people back into the workplace when possible.

To help you adjust to the limited amount of money you will receive from your benefits, the SSA allows you to make upwards of $720 for a full nine months before it begins to have any affect toward your payment status. These nine months, however, can not be used whenever you want over a period of time. As soon as you begin making this much in addition to your payments, you start off a sixty-month countdown period. Only within these sixty months will you have access to the nine free months. After this period has ended, you can not make more than $1,000 if you want your benefits to continue.

Unfortunately, many people are unable to support themselves on social security disability income alone. Earning a little extra income is a great way to help you along the way, even if it means simply selling objects on eBay now and again.

Do you or a loved one need assistance with determining how often/how much you can work with your current disability benefits? If so, Clauson Law Firm, PLLC is one of the strongest disability rights attorney firms in North Carolina. Get in touch with us today and we will help you determine the best strategy for keeping your benefits, and leading a comfortable life. After all, you deserve to lead as comfortable a life as possible while receiving social security disability benefits payments.

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