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Many people often wonder if it’s a good idea to keep working or at least try to keep working while their social security disability case is being decided. This is an important question and the answer is a little hazy.
It is a common misconception that maintaining a job while applying for social security disability will make you seem like an honest, hardworking person. While it a noble thing to do, it may disqualify you from receiving social security disability. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has set a rule that, in 2015, if someone is earning more than $1,070 per month before taxes, they are not eligible for disability benefits. The SSA considers $1,070 to be “substantial gainful activity.” Self-employment follows a different set of rules. The SSA may count work as a self-employed individual against you even if you don’t make more than $1,070.
There are some exceptions to the $1,070 rule. For example, if you are working for an employer who tolerates regular absences and tardiness, this may not be considered substantial gainful activity. The key word is “may”.It is always best to consult a social security attorney before you begin the process of applying for benefits. Just because you hear a story about someone with a similar situation to you receiving benefits, does not mean you will automatically receive benefits too. If you do try to work but are unable to hold down a steady job this might actually improve your case. There’s a chance the SSA might see this as proof of your disability.
As you can see, there are a lot of grey areas when it comes to social security disability benefits, which is why Jan Dils has built a career of making social security black and white for her clients. Call her today for a free consultation at (877) 526-3457.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law