Work Incentives for the Disabled

When you prove to the Social Security Administration, or SSA, that you have a long-term disability, you may be eligible for either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Although it may seem like receiving benefits from these programs should keep you from taking a job, the SSA actually allows you to work under certain circumstances, called work incentives.

The SSA offers a long list of work incentives that lets you work while still drawing disability payments. However, this list can be confusing since it can apply to one program or the other, or both. If you need help navigating the murky waters of long-term disability, contact an Indiana long-term disability attorney from Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 today.

Acceptable Conditions for SSDI and SSI

Whether you receive SSDI or SSI, there are some work incentives that allow you to maintain employment. For example, if you need a wheelchair in order to be mobile enough to work, you may apply for the Impairment Related Work Expenses (IRWE). Other examples of these work incentives include:

  • Subsidies and special conditions – any extra work-related payment you receive due to your disability will be removed from your SSDI or SSI
  • Unincurred business expense – if a friend or company offers you free help or tools if you are self-employed, it will be deducted from your benefits

Additionally, there are other work incentives that only apply to SSDI or SSI. Following these incentives is important to make sure that you can still work and earn your supplemental benefits or income at the same time.

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If you have questions about whether or not your work is considered acceptable under the terms of your SSDI or SSI, you should contact a long-term disability lawyer today. For more information regarding the legal aspects of long-term disability, call an Indiana long-term disability attorney from Hankey Law Office today at (800) 520-3633.