Social Security Disability Work Incentives

Q: I receive Social Security disability and want to return to work. What will this do to my benefits? A: For specific information about your own benefits, contact Social Security and speak with a representative. In general, special rules called work incentives make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security…
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Earnings Test Not Just For Retirement Benefits

Q: Do the Social Security earnings limits apply just to retirement? Do they apply if receiving widow’s benefits? A: Yes, earnings limits apply for survivor benefits. The annual earnings test applies individually to everyone younger than their full retirement age (FRA) unless that person receives benefits due to their own disability. People of all ages…
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Annual SSA Disability Report Released

The Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2013 was released this week. This annual report provides program and demographic information about the people who receive Social Security disability benefits—disabled workers, disabled widow(er)s, and disabled adult children. Topics covered include beneficiaries in current payment status; benefits awarded, withheld, and terminated; geographic distributions;…
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Reporting Possible Social Security Fraud

Q: Someone I know receives Social Security disability and is working part-time. How can this be looked at without me providing my name?  A: Social Security takes potential fraud very seriously. I will write about that in a moment but first will say a few words about this question of working and disability benefits.  It…
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How Many People Work While Receiving Social Security?

Q: How many people receiving Social Security benefits are also working? A: The publication Earnings and Employment Data for Workers Covered Under Social Security and Medicare, by State and County, 2011 mentioned earlier this week does not provide information based on whether the worker received Social Security or not, so a specific answer is not…
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