The Trial Work Period for Social Security Disability Insurance

The Social Security Administration can test a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipient’s ability to work through what’s known as a Trial Work Period (TWP). This allows individuals to ease back into the workplace if they are able without risking their eligibility for benefits.

Specifically, a Trial Work Period lasts for nine months (across a span of sixty rolling months) in which the individual can test their ability to work while keeping full SSDI benefits. The amount earned during this period does not affect benefits, but in order for a month to count toward the nine, the worker must have earned a gross income greater than $750, or 80 hours of self-employment.

If a recipient completes a successful Trial Work Period, he or she then moves on to an Extended Period of Eligibility, which determines if he or she can work at a rate of $1040/month, the Substantial Gainful Activity level.

Once this level is achieved, SSDI benefits will cease unless the individual’s income dips below that mark during the Extended Period of Eligibility. If the recipient is unable to earn above $1040 after a period of 36 months, he or she will receive benefits until reaching that threshold or until medically declared able to resume work responsibilities.

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