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I have been receiving Social Security Disability since 2010.

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I have been receiving Social Security Disability since 2010. Since receiving benefits, I only used 2 months out of the Trial Work period which ended in April 2015. In May 2015 I aws advised that Extended Work Period would begin. I haven't worked since it began, however, I'm scheduled to work as a free-lance on-air talent for an ad agency these next 3 months. My pay for the aforementioned will be $1,000.00 (Nov.). Another $1,000.00 (Dec.) and roughly $950.00 for Jan. 2016. I think I have to report this even though the income falls short of the SGA amount SS allows? Should I be worried losing my benefits in the wake of my trying to work again? I have suffered w/Epileptic Seizures-Depression since the age of 11 (I'm currently 54). Thank you.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for the information and your question. Yes, you must report any earnings from work, even if they fall below the SGA amount. There is no danger of losing your SSDI benefits as long as your earnings are below the SGA and your condition has not changed to a degree that would make you ineligible from a medical perspective. There is actually a grace period for a few months if your income does exceed the SGA. You can read the SSA and an independent guidance about this issue at the following links:

Please feel free to ask for clarification after you have had a chance to read the guidance above. If none is needed, then if you could take a moment to leave a positive rating in the box above, I will receive credit for assisting you today. Thank you.

Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.

Hello again,

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Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.

You're question has come back to me as if you sent a reply, however, I do not see that you posted anything. Did you have a follow up question for me?