My name is Steve. I would like to provide you with some additional information.
My colleague, Lev, is correct -- $900 is the 2007 monthly Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) amount for beneficiaries
receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. In n order to continue to be eligible to receive SSDI benefits, your monthly earnings must remain below
the SGA level.
Note that the SGA amount for SSDI beneficiaries who are blind is higher. You can (and should) report 'Impairment related work expenses' (expenses related to your disability which are necessary in order for you to be able to work) because, if approved, they will be deducted from your earnings for SGA purposes.
Beneficiaries receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits have different earnings limits and rules
To answer the second part of your question, regarding resuming SSDI benefits without reapplying -- there are two provisions to keep in mind:
1.) Trial work Period -- SSDI beneficiaries have a nine-month Trial Work Period. During these trial work months (which do not need to be consecutive) you can earn as much as you can without your benefits being affected. However, if you are working at or above the SGA level (currently $900) when your ninth trial month expires, your benefits will cease. Currently (2007) any month in which your earnings are at least $640 (after deducting any impairment related Work expenses) will count toward your nine-month trial work period.
2.) Extended Period of Eligibility -- after your Trial Work Period has expired, you have a 36 (consecutive) month period -- during which your SSDI benefits will automatically resume if and when your monthly earnings fall below the SGA level. After the extended eligibility period, your SSDI benefits will cease whenever your monthly earnings (minus any impairment related work expenses) meet or exceed the SGA amount. Should you again become unable to work, after your extended period of eligibility expires, you will need to reapply for SSDI benefits.
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