Seasonal Work and Its Effect on SSI

People currently receiving benefits are often curious about occasional work and its effect on eligibility.  Here is a Q+A response to that question from a a Social Security office in Bloomington IN.

Q: If I receive Supplemental Security Income disability, what is the effect on my benefits when I take seasonal work?

A: Even a small amount of earned wages can cause a deduction in your SSI payment. However, it takes substantial work to make your benefits stop. In 2013, a person who receives SSI can earn up to $1,505 a month and still continue receiving some SSI payments. In many cases, we will deduct approved work expenses to determine your SSI payment amount. In most cases, you can continue to receive your medical coverage for up to two years after you begin working. We have several publications on SSI, including Reporting Your Wages When You Receive Supplemental Security Income, available at For more information, call us toll-free at 800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or visit our website at