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Working and Social Security Disability

April 06, 2018

Working and Social Security Disability: Can I work when applying for Social Security Disability Benefits?

The short answer: Yes, you can work part-time while waiting for a decision on your Social Security Benefits. However, there is a lot to consider while working.
• One, you have to make less than Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA,) which for 2018 is $1,180. (1,970 for individuals who are blind).
• Two, if you have applied for Supplemental Security Benefits, which is a need based disability program, any amount you earn will offset your benefits. You would ultimately receive a lesser amount of benefits, and depending on certain factors, could mean receiving no benefits at all.
• Three, even if you are working on a part-time basis, if you are alleging that you are unable to do certain functions, but are doing them, even under a part-time status, that could be detrimental to your case.

Navigating this issue is difficult, and an experienced Social Security Disability Attorney can help you understand how working can affect your eligibility. Contact us to request a review of your Social Security Disability Case.

Attorney Ana Burkham