Many New Jersey residents rely on Social Security payments to survive. While these payments may serve as much-needed relief, many who rely on Social Security find the application process difficult. One of the more complex aspects of Social Security involves the Trial Work Period (TWP).
Defining the TWP
If you receive Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), you may take advantage of the TWP to discover if you can return to work. During this trial period, you can still receive your SSDI payments so you do not have to reapply for benefits if you decide you cannot handle the workload because of your disability.
If you receive SSDI, your eligibility relies on these factors:
- You have already received 24 months of SSDI payments.
- You accurately report all of your earnings to the SSA.
- Your disability remains eligible according to the SSA.
- You have not used more than nine months of a TWP in the past 60 consecutive months.
Income Factors for the TWP
The income that you receive while collecting SSDI payments may trigger a TWP. As of 2023, earning $1050 monthly will trigger the TWP. Any month in which you earn less than $1050 does not count towards your nine-month TWP.
During the TWP, the normal income limits do not apply. This means the salary you earn from your job will not place you in jeopardy of losing your SSDI.
After the TWP
Following the TWP, you may still earn an Extended Period of Eligibility. This work incentive lasts for 36 months and will pay SSDI benefits if your income falls below your previously established substantial gainful activity (SGA) amounts.
You may find it frustrating to deal with the Social Security Administration. However, the TWP should provide a safe way to see if you can re-enter the workforce.