Working while on disability should not be penalized. I used to work in a restaurant for $8.25 an hour for 20 hours a week. I reported this income to Social Security, and my Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits were terminated. Not only that, but the government told me they overpaid me and I had to pay the money back–all at once. This is not right. Working while on disability should not be penalized.
Penalized for Working While on Disability?
Should there be an income limit? Probably–disability should be reserved for those who really need it. But the current income limit, which is below $900 a month, is too low. Going on disability virtually guarantees one will live in poverty, and it’s a self-perpetuating system. It needs to be reformed.
In this video, I discuss the broken system and how it affects people on disability.