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Social Security Disability Income Limits for a Working New Yorker

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

There are some cases where you can earn an income and still receive Social Security disability benefits as long as you do not surpass certain income limits. A New York disability lawyer can help you review your income situation and determine your thresholds of earnings to make sure your Social Security disability benefits are protected.

Trial Work Periods and Your Social Security Disability Benefits

When you are on Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) you are able to enter what is known as a trial work period. During this time, you are allowed to attempt to return to working. If you enter the 36-month extended period of eligibility, during this time your income limits are set to no more than $1,000 a month before your Social Security benefits are affected.

As you attempt to determine if you are able to return to a full work schedule your disability-related expenses for work are able to be deducted from your earnings. This deduction may also help you avoid going over the income limits when you subtract things such as assistive travel and special equipment.

Before attempting a trial work period, you should discuss your situation with your New York disability lawyer. You can obtain valuable advice on how the earnings from a trial work period may or may not impact your income limits and create a potential decrease in your Social Security disability benefits.

Reporting Earnings to Evaluate Income Limits

If you are earning any type of income, whether it is from self-employment or working for an employer, you must keep your New York disability lawyer and the Social Security Administration abreast of the situation. Your working situation should never be falsified to prevent benefit reduction, as it could lead to complete termination of your Social Security disability benefits and other legal complications if fraud is discovered.

Alert your New York disability lawyer as soon as any changes are made in your earnings, hours, duties, or employer. Also make sure they are aware of all special accommodations and expenses that your disability makes necessary for you to perform your job. These factors can all impact your income limits and eligibility for Social Security disability benefits.

It is important to also discuss any supplemental income from programs such as your Workers' Compensation payments if your disability was caused by a workplace accident. Inform your New York disability lawyer of all sources of income to make sure that everything is covered in your Social Security disability benefits application.

Contacting a New York Disability Lawyer 

Before you file your Social Security disability claim, be sure to take advantage of this free consumer's guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Social Security Disability Claim. Contact a New York disability lawyer at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. for help in building your disability claim at 800-310-5520.