Can I return to work while receiving SSD SSDI SSI disability benefits?
The following answer is from: https://faq.ssa.gov/link/portal/34011/34019/Article/3725/Can-I-return-to-work-while-getting-Social-Security-disability-benefits
Yes, you can return to work while receiving Social Security disability benefits. We have special rules to help you get back to work without jeopardizing your initial benefits. You may be able to have a trial work period for nine months to test whether you can work.
If you get disability benefits and your condition improves or you return to work, report these changes to us by calling us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or contacting your local Social Security office.
The following answer is Attorney Walter Hnot’s annotated response to the previous answer.
Yes, you can return to work while receiving benefits, and you get a 9-month grace period where your work income will not affect your claim while receiving benefits. However, if you are working after those 9 months, your benefits will likely be reduced, and you need to start a program such as a ticket-to-work program, so that you can retain your benefits, while earning additional funds. There are special groups that work with the SSA to get people setup on a carrot program. In other words, you go on a work program after the 9 months, with the hope that you can work into a job, and ultimately get off of the disability program. Also, any work can be used against you in a CDR, which is a continuing disability review, whereby they can reduce or cut off your benefits if they feel that you are no longer severely disabled. So, watch out with this, and call us if you want to start working, there is a lot to know here.