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Working While Receiving Benefits

Our Iowa Social Security Disability Lawyer Explains

The overall premise behind receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration hinges on the notion you are too ill or injured to continue working and earning an income.

That being said, it is also possible, and common, for benefits recipients to work part-time while disabled – however, the SSA will likely reduce the benefits amount or otherwise impose a penalty on the recipient. If you are already receiving benefits and have questions about how part-time employment will impact your monthly payment, an Iowa Social Security Disability lawyer is the best person to speak to about what penalties or adjustments you can expect.

Trial Work Period

In order to qualify for benefits in the first place, your illness or injury must be likely to last long-term (i.e., in excess of 12 months). If you begin to feel able to work while still receiving benefits, the SSA encourages beneficiaries to try part-time employment for a short period of time to see if it is possible.

As your Iowa disability lawyer will discuss with you, the SSA gives you nine months to readjust to working without incurring a penalty. A “month” is considered any calendar month wherein you earn greater than $750 at your job. It does not matter how much you earn or how many hours you work during the trial period – your benefits amount will remain unaffected. After the trial work period, you may continue to work without incurring a penalty for up to 36 months provided your earnings are not “substantial.” “Substantial earnings” means earnings in excess of $1,040 per month.

Penalties to Your SSD Benefits

If you are receiving SSI disability benefits and are earning money from a job, the first $85 you earn from your job is not penalized. Your Waterloo disability lawyer will help you calculate the penalties incurred thereafter, but in general, you will lose $.50 from your SSI payments for every dollar you earn at your job after the $85 deduction. For instance, if your SSI payment is $500 each month and you earn $300 each month from your job, the SSA will deduct $107.50 from your monthly payment, leaving you with $392.50 in SSI benefits.

If you have questions about the effect of your part-time job on your disability benefits, contact Iowa disability lawyer Hugh Field today at (855) 801-1633.

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If you are unable to continue working due to an injury or disability, it is important to remember that you have options. Attorney Hugh Field works tirelessly to ensure that you and your family have access to the resources you need. Whether you are applying for the first time and need help filling out the proper paperwork, or you have been denied and are looking for guidance through the appeals process, our Iowa disability lawyer is committed to providing high-quality legal services.

Hugh Field offers his services, backed by over 45 years of experience, to clients in Waterloo and beyond. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the laws surrounding Social Security Disability and can help clients to navigate this complex environment with deft skill. He takes great pride in the assistance he is able to provide clients and works tirelessly to help families live normal lives following disability or injury.