Common Work Trial Period Questions

In order to qualify for disability benefits, you must not be able to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA). The amount that is considered to be SGA varies and is largely determined by the nature of your disability.

If you are currently receiving social security disability benefits and are ready to resume working, you can enter into a work trial period.

What is a work trial period?

A work trial period is a 60-month period in which disability beneficiaries can test their ability to return to work, while still being considered disabled.

How does a work trial period work?

During a work trial period, you have a 60-month rolling window to work for 9 months. After 9 months have been completed, the Social Security Administration (SDA) will review your earnings and determine if you were able to maintain substantial gainful activity.

If your monthly income for those 9 months exceeds a threshold set by the SDA, then your benefits will cease, and you can resume working normally.

If your monthly income during those 9 months does not meet the threshold, then your benefits will continue.

Are your benefits affected during a work trial period?

Your benefits will not be affected during your work trial period, but they may be affected after your trial is over.

The process can be overwhelming, but our experienced Iowa disability lawyer is prepared to guide you through it. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – we are available to answer calls 24/7.

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