Self Employment Income: The Return to Work Test

Status 5While the first two tests are the ones that are used most when determining whether or not someone is entitled to receive benefits, there is also a third test that is used to apply to people who are thinking about starting a business or returning to work more than 24 years after they first started receiving benefits.

If someone starts receiving income from either of these sources, they will have to pass the first two tests again; however, the slight caveat is that there is a trial period during which they can ask to retain their benefits.

Remember, if the amount earned is over the limit for the year ($1170 per month in 2017) or if they are providing significant services to their business, their benefits will be terminated.

During the trial period, the individual may show that they are not providing significant services to the business or are not earning enough money to pass the limit for that calendar year. The trial period is nine months and it is prudent to inform the Social Security department of any change in earnings.

Lastly, it is important to keep in mind that these tests have been described in a general sense and every individual’s situation is slightly different. Therefore, everyone deserves to have their case handled by a professional on a one-on-one basis.

Because of this, it is a good idea to speak with an attorney who is experienced when it comes to working with the Department of Social Security. Working with a compassionate attorney will help maximize the chances of qualifying for disability benefits from the Department of Social Security. Contact Match and Farnsworth, PC to obtain legal advice on these issues.

To learn more about all tests for self employment income, read the complete article here.

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