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You may not receive both benefits at the same time.
But if you are eligible for your own disability benefits and survival spouse benefits - you may receive the larger of these two.
You can get Social Security retirement benefits and work at the same time.
However, if you are disabled - you can engage in "substantial gainful activity" if you're in a trial work program.
Otherwise - you might be considered as not disabled anymore.
If you are receiving retirement benefits (not disability benefits) or survival spouse benefits and you are are younger than full retirement age and make more than the yearly earnings limit, the SSA will reduce your benefit. If you are under full retirement age for the entire year, they deduct $1 from your benefit payments for every $2 you earn above the annual limit. For 2016 that limit is $15,720.
Starting with the month you reach full retirement age, the SSA will not reduce your benefits no matter how much you earn.
Social Security disability benefits automatically change to retirement benefits when disability beneficiaries become full retirement age.
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