Can you work while receiving Social Security Benefits?

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You might think that once you start receiving disability payments through social security that you can’t work. But, according to The Motley Fool, you actually can work under certain circumstances.

To be considered eligible for Social Security disability benefits, you cannot engage in what’s known as substantial gainful activity (SGA). The Social Security Administration defines “substantial” as earning more than a certain amount each month. For 2016, you can work and collect your disability benefits as long as your earnings don’t exceed $1,130 per month, or $1,820 if you’re blind.

The article goes on to explain other circumstances where you can work more than that — there’s a 9 month trial period where you can get benefits and work while you are trying to get back to work after a disability. You can also remain eligible for future disability for up to 36 months after starting work. And you can also deduct certain expenses from the $1130 or $1820 total, so you can actually earn more in some cases.



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