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How Does Work Impact My Benefits?

Social Security Red Book


If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which are two kinds of benefits (money) you may be getting from the government, there are some rules about working and earning money. There are also some special benefits. You can read more about the rules in the Social Security The Red Book. These rules can be very complicated, and a trained benefits expert can help.

Some of the benefits for workers who receive Social Security might include:

  • IRWE - "Impairment related work expense" - this allows you to keep more of your income for work related costs
  • Section 301 - This allows you to continue to receive monthly payments while you participate in a vocational rehabilitation program
  • Trial Work Period - this allows you to try work for up to 9 months without any loss of your benefits
  • Plan for Achieving Self Support - "PASS Plan"- this allows you to set aside some of your monthly benefit amount to save for a work related need
  • Earned Income Exclusion - this means that Social Security does not count all of your earnings and allows you to earn money while still keeping your benefits
  • The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives businesses a tax break to help with training and supporting employees who have disabilities.
  • To learn more about work support and incentives related to benefits click here.