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How does the job trial work of the Social Security program

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How does the job trial work period of the Social Security program work? I am currently collecting disability benefits and cannot jeopardize my SSA income. I am self employed and want to try to work again. I have not worked since September, 2010 and have had four surgeries for a leg disability that prevents and severely limits job opportunites.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Megan C replied 1 year ago.

Megan C :

I realize you have a question about social security. My goal is to provide you with excellent service, and help you better understand your options.

Megan C :

The trial work period works like this: You work an unlimited amount for 9 months

Megan C :

Then, you can work and earn up to $1,040 per month for 36 months

Customer:

When does the trial work period begin and end? Are there a limitation on earnings in the months that count toward the 9 month trial work period? Are there different rules for self employed workers (I have to hire other individuals because I physically cannot perform all the work required of me)?

Megan C :

The trial work period begins when you start working and ends 9 months after that, unless you stop working within that 9 months. There are not special rules for those who are self employed.

Customer:

I want to make sure this is a confidential communication. How do I go about making sure our conversation is privileged?

Megan C :

I'm sorry, but we do not have privilege communications, but at the end of our chat I can email customer service and have them lock the chat so no one can look at it

Customer:

Please clarify your answer. Does the trial work period run consecutive months. I do project work so it is likely I may work and get paid two months, and then not have any work for several months. Also, I would like you to lock our chat. Thanks.

Megan C :

It runs every month you work. So if in a three month period you only worked two months, that would be two months not three.

Customer:

thanks for the clarification. please lock our chat now.

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Category: Social Security
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Experience: Licensed CPA, CMA, CFE, CGMA M.Accy Also Teach Accounting courses at Master's Level
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Expert:  Megan C replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for your positive rating. Please come back and see me soon. I'll email customer service to tell them you would like this locked. Thanks.

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