Before the SSA looks at how your medical condition impairs your ability to work, the SSA will look whether you are currently working and how much money you are making.
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What Is Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) for Social Security Disability Purposes?
To collect Social Security or SSI disability, you have to be unable to do more than a minimal amount of work.
Working After Your Social Security Disability Onset Date
If you work after your disability onset date or application date, your benefits might be at stake.
Can You Work While Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits?
You can make a small amount of income while collecting disability benefits, but how much depends on whether you get SSDI or SSI benefits.
Can I Work Part-Time and Be Eligible for Social Security Disability?
You may be able to work a minimal amount as long as it doesn't cause Social Security to think you're not disabled.
How Impairment-Related Work Expenses Affect Social Security Disability
Disability-related expenses can lower your income enough to qualify for Social Security disability benefits or SSI.
Deducting Disability-Related Expenses From Your Countable Income for SSDI or SSI
You can deduct IRWEs from your self-employment income or wages.
How Sheltered Work Affects Social Security Disability
To be eligible for SSI, you need to have low income and not be earning so much in wages that you're considered to be doing "substantial gainful activity" (SGA).
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Do I Have to Quit Work to Get Disability?
It depends on how much you're working or earning. You can't be doing a substantial amount of work and get Social Security disability.
How Many Hours Can I Work and Receive Social Security Disability?
The SSA looks at hours worked only if you're a self-employed business owner.
What Will Happen If I Draw Disability Benefits, Work, and Don't Tell Social Security?
Social Security will find out if you work, and you'll have to pay back any benefits you shouldn't have received.
What Does Social Security Consider an Unsuccessful Work Attempt?
If you are working in the months before you apply for Social Security, it may not count against you if your work qualifies as an unsuccessful work attempt.
How Long Do You Have to Be Disabled Before You Can Get Disability Benefits?
You don't have to be disabled for any length of time before you apply for disability benefits, but there is a five-month waiting period to receive SSDI payments.
When Did I Become "Unable to Work" for Social Security Disability Purposes?
If you made an attempt to return to work, but stopped, then you may be able to legitimately use the date you originally stopped working as your disability onset date.
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