A person can still get approved for disability benefits if they are working part time and not earning more than $1,180 as they are not performing substantial gainful activity to be disqualified under the rules.
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If you are working in 2018 and your earnings average more than $1,180 a month, you generally cannot be considered disabled. If you are not working, we will send your application to the Disability Determination Services (DDS) office that will make the decision about your medical condition.
In reality, even if you are only working part-time and earning less than that amount it will be extremely difficult to get approved as the SSA will most likely use that fact against you.
The reason many lawyers counsel against working while filing for benefits is that it can add a layer of difficulty to your claim. It will be necessary to explain to SSA and / or the judge why you can work. Be honest and upfront with your lawyer and Social Security – you don’t want to find out that you make too much money to receive any benefits!
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