Through the Social Security Administration, individuals can secure certain types of financial support if they are unable to work due to a medical condition or mental disability. To qualify for this type of support, potential disability benefits applicants must meet certain criteria. It is also critical that California applicants not earn over a certain amount in order to qualify to keep the benefits they are currently receiving. There are strict income limits for those seeking Social Security disability.
Strict income limits set by the SSA
The amount of money an applicant can make and still be eligible for Social Security benefits depends on the specific type of benefits. Social Security Disability Insurance applicants cannot exceed the substantial gainful activity limits. With SSDI/SSI benefits, unearned income or assets do not disqualify an applicant, but there are limits on wages earned through work.
Disability recipients may supplement their income through different types of work. However, earning too much could result in disqualification for SSDI/SSI benefits, even if approved for them in the past. Everyone applying for or receiving benefits would be wise to understand how their activities could affect eligibility.
Understand options and limits
Social Security disability is a complex matter. Applicants and recipients would be wise to work with a California attorney with specific experience in this area. An assessment of the specific case can help one understand his or her options and limits regarding supplementing income through work and how this could impact eligibility for critical financial support.