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Self Employment and Disability Benefits

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In Self-Employment, Net Earnings from Self-Employment (NESE) is measured as “income”, not gross business income.

Determining the break even point (the point at which business income meets businesscosts) is a key factor in understanding how to manage your benefits and yourbusiness in a way that assures success.

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Plans for Achieving Self Support (PASS)

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Income Thresholds for Medicaid

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Property Essential to Self Support (PESS)

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Impairment Related Work Expenses (IRWE)

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Self-Employment Subsidy

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Blind Work Expenses (BWE)

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Based on a publication from The Center for Human Development, a program of the University of Alaska Anchorage, College of Health and Social Welfare, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD).

David Hammis
Click "Text" below for a transcript of David Hammis on Self-Employment and Benefits.

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One of the Social Security Administration’s highest priorities is to help people with disabilities achieve independence through employment. For the person who receives Social Security Disability Benefits and wants to explore self-employment, planning is critical.

For instance, SSI recipients have resource limits that affect eligibility for cash and Medicaid benefits and may limit traditional wage employment opportunities. However, in self-employment, the entrepreneur may be allowed to have unlimited accrual of certain resources.

SSDI recipients have a different set of complicated rules, and requires more in-depth planning related to self-employment. One advantage is the SSDI recipient may be able to deposit their entire SSDI check into a Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) account; they then become eligible for SSI benefits.

This arrangement allows for building a start up or operation fund using the SSDI funds in the PASS account. The beneficiary is then able to receive SSI cash benefits to assist with living expenses. As an SSI recipient, they also become eligible for Medicaid health benefits. In any traditional wage-paying job, each hour worked produces an hourly wage that is countable income and directly affects benefits.

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