Many Missourians injured on the job or who have a condition that leads to an inability to work will seek and receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. However, many will want to try and get back to work at some point. There is frequently concern as to how much they can earn and what the federal requirements are when doing so. If they are using the Ticket to Work program in which they can work to see if their condition has improved sufficiently to no longer need SSD benefits, there are certain limits on how much they can earn. When considering Ticket to Work, it is wise for the person to know the 2018 limits.

During the nine-month trial work period in which the person can test his or her ability to work, the benefits will continue to be provided while the earnings do not surpass the 2018 limit of $850. For a person who is self-employed, it will be viewed as a trial work month when the earnings — post-expenses for the business — do not go beyond $850.

Nine months of trial work can be used within 60-months. With the extended period of eligibility for those who have used their trial work period, there are another 36 months when the person can work and get benefits, if their earnings do not reach the “substantial” threshold. For 2018, that is $1,180.

When considering the trial work period for a person who is blind, there are certain rules to remember. First, the amount that can be earned for 2018 is $1,970 per month. If the person earns too much to get SSD, they can have their benefits frozen, meaning that the years the person limited earnings will not be factored in.

It is important for people who are getting SSD benefits and are considering getting back to work to know the limits as to what they can earn if they are taking part in the Ticket to Work program. When there are concerns about this or any other matter related to SSD benefits’ requirements, legal help is a must. A lawyer who has a firm grasp on all areas of Social Security Disability should be the first call that is made.

Source: SSA.gov, “Working While Disabled: How We Can Help,” accessed on May 1, 2018