In order to help disabled individuals test their ability to return to the workforce, Social Security has established a Trial Work Period where you can work without affecting your disability benefits. Only individuals receiving Disability Insurance Benefits are eligible for a Trial Work Period. If you are receiving only Supplemental Security Income you do not qualify.
During your Trial Work Period, Social Security will not reduce your monthly benefits based on your earnings, regardless of how much money you make. The Trial Work Period starts with the first month you are entitled to Disability Insurance Benefits or the month in which you file for benefits, whichever is later. It will continue until you accumulate nine (9) months of ervices (gross earnings over $720 per month) in a rolling sixty (60) month period.
You are only entitled to one Trial Work Period for each period of disability. After your Trial Work Period has ended, you are placed into an Extended Period of Eligibility, which I will discuss in greater detail in a later post. Finally, please note that your benefits can be terminated before the end of your Trial Work Period if Social Security has evidence of a medical improvement of your impairment.