Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Trial Work Periods: What You Need to Know

A trial work period allows you to see if you can work for nine (9) months with your disability in San Diego.

How much do I need to make during a trial work period?

If you are employed, you need to make $720 or more every month during the trial work period.

If you are self-employed, you must:

1. Make $720 every month after expenses; OR

2. Work more than 80 hours every week in your business.

How long does a trial work period last?

A trial work period ends when you have worked nine (9) months within a 60-month or 5-year period.

Will my Social Security disability benefits stop during a trial work period?

No. You will continue to receive your Social Security disability benefits during a trial work period if you let Social Security Administration (“SSA”) know you are working AND you continue to be disabled. SSA does not care how much you make during the trial work period.

Can I receive Social Security benefits after my trial work period ends?

Yes. You can continue to receive Social Security disability benefits for 36 months after your trial work period ends. The work you are doing cannot be “substantial.”

In 2011, if you are not blind, work is substantial if you are making $1,000 or more every month. If you are blind, work is substantial if you are making $1,640 or more every month.

If you have any further questions, please contact your local SSA office or an experienced Social Security attorney. Hiring a Social Security Disability lawyer to handle your case will guarantee that no mistakes are made and no further delays are placed on your case. To find out more, visit us at www.socialsecuritylaw.com.

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