My Ability to Work after receiving Social Security Disability Benefits


I am often asked whether a person can work after they receive their Social Security Disability benefits and the answer is yes you can work after you receive your Social Security Disability benefits but not much.  You can’t work too many hours and you can’t make too much money.  The limit is that you cannot make more than seven hundred and seventy dollars a month working while concurrently receiving your Social Security Disability benefits.  That is a gross income figure; keep in mind, before withholdings take place.  If you make more than seven hundred and seventy dollars gross a month while receiving Social Security Disability or SSI after nine months Social Security will cut you off. You will no longer receive your Social Security Disability monthly benefits.

Additionally, it is likely that you are going to be libel for an overpayment that means the money that Social Security has paid you while you were working, that Social Security money is going to need to be reimbursed to the agency because you basically can’t double-dip and take Social Security Disability while working.  To answer the question, I encourage people who are still having a lot of financial distress even though they are getting their monthly Social Security, which sometimes isn’t much money at all, if they want to take a part-time job just a few hours a week that does not in any way impair their physical or mental well-being.

For example, an older man just called me recently he had a stroke and he was feeling a little bit better.  He was wondering if he could bag groceries at the local grocery store a few hours on the weekends.  I said yes it won’t affect your case in any way just don’t make over seven hundred and seventy dollars a month.  So if there is a type of low stress, low exertion work activity that you can do just to add a few hundred dollars to your budget on a monthly basis you can do that once you received Social Security but just don’t go over seven hundred and seventy gross monthly.

This short informational blog post was provided by Anne Howard, an experienced Connecticut Social Security Disability Attorney. Please contact The Law Office of Attorney Anne K. Howard to set up a free initial consultation.