Although Social Security disability benefits are meant for those who are unable to work, it may be possible to simultaneously work part time while still receiving benefits.
If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income and get a job, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will diminish your SSI compensation by one dollar for every two dollars you make after the initial $65 (or $85 if you have no other earnings.) In other words, this means that if you make a certain amount of money by working part time hours, your Social Security disability benefits can end. But unless your compensation has stopped because of your income for an entire year, the Social Security Administration will initiate your SSI compensation again if your income goes down. After a year of not receiving any compensation, you’ll have to fill out the applications all over again. There is also the potential to earn more than the “substantial gainful activity” total and still get your full payments during the nine-month trial work duration.
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If you are receiving Social Security disability payments and your income is below what the Social Security Administration refers to as the “substantial gainful activity” sum, your payments will neither seize nor be lessened due to income.
In other words, you will continue to get your total Social Security disability payments while you secure part time employment.