When the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes a final determination of your eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI - Title II), you receive a notification of final determination. If you have not received that notification, or if you do not know whether or not you have received it, you should answer No to the question, "Has SSA notified you that a final determination of your eligibility for SSDI has been made?" If you do not know, contact your SSI claims representative to find out your status.
You should be aware that if, prior to the final determination date, you have earnings that exceed the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) amount, you may be determined ineligible for SSDI unless you have an Unsuccessful Work Attempt.
The rules do say, however, that if you begin engaging in SGA a year or more after the "onset" of your disability, then rather than lose your eligibility you will retain your SSDI benefits under the Trial Work Period (TWP) provisions -- even if you have not yet received notification of final determination. Unfortunately, the rules for determining the date of "onset" are quite complex. (See Onset of Disability for more information.)
If you have not received notification of final determination and you have an opportunity to attempt working at the SGA level, you should contact your SSA claims representative to find out if doing so would jeopardize your SSDI eligibility.
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