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Experience:  Law Degree, specialization in Tax Law and Corporate Law, CFP and MBA, Providing Financial, Social Security & Tax advice since 1986
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I am on disability social security. If I find a part time

Customer Question

I am on disability social security. If I find a part time job I could do with my limitations, is this acceptable. Would I be penalized ? I can't lift or stand for long periods of time. I would appreciate an answer on this.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Mark D replied 1 year ago.

Hello, you would not be allowed to do what is called Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA). For 2016, this means you cannot make more than $1130 per month, or $1820 if blind. There are exceptions as earnings during a trial work period above those limits may not stop your benefits.

So while you may still get benefits while working, your SSI benefits can reduced in proportion to the amount of income you earn. As an example, if you earned $1000. you benefits would be reduced by $457.50 for that month.

Does this answer your question?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not exactly. I am not on SSI , I am on social security disability. I would probably not be making near that much. Just s small amount to help out.
Expert:  Mark D replied 1 year ago.

My apologies, my answer meant SS Disability.

Expert:  Mark D replied 1 year ago.

Did that clarify my answer? If so please rate as that is how I am paid.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No you didn't answer my question. I am not satisfied. No need to bother you anymore.
Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

From that article:


"Generally, you can't start doing "substantial gainful activity" (SGA) and continue to receive disability benefits. In a nutshell, SGA means you are working and making more than $1,130 per month in 2016 (or $1,820 if you're blind). "


Hopefully this clarifies that (1) These numbers DO apply to Social Security Disability, not SSI, and (2) that this would NOT be penalized.


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