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Can you keep your SSDI benefits when you return to work?

On Behalf of | May 23, 2023 | Social Security Disability |

Once your condition improves to a point where you can reasonably work again, you might wonder what that means for your SSDI benefits. What you might find surprising is that just because you return to work might not mean the end of your benefits.

Understanding the impact that going back to work has on your SSDI benefits can help you plan ahead. Careful observation of the rules can help you avoid costly consequences.

Informing the SSA of your intentions

It is illegal for you to return to work while collecting SSDI benefits. The proper way to proceed is to inform the SSA of your intentions to start working again. According to the SSA, to maintain your SSDI benefits when you return to work, you need to follow special rules and meet specific requirements.

The SSA will probably require information from you regarding which jobs you want to apply for. They will also assess your earning potential and whether you will require vocational therapy to help you relearn critical skills needed for your job.

Working through a trial period

Once you have met the expectations required for returning to work, you might have the opportunity to complete a trial period. This lasts for nine months and allows officials to assess your ability to maintain a job and earn a fair wage. Once that time expires and depending on your condition, your benefits may end.

If you lose your benefits or the SSA suspends them temporarily, you always have the option of filing a new claim if your health declines again. The SSA encourages people to return to work. Your diligence in following their instructions may give you the chance to continue collecting benefits while you get back on your feet.