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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 month ago

Can you apply for disability if you earn $1000 a month on a book you sell?

I'm trying to find out, I see you can't earn more than $794 a month but I have a book out a kids book I made and I typically get around $900-1000 a month but that's only $12k a year and not livable

I need to go on disability because of a debilitating illness right now and I will definitely quality for that but will they deny me because I earn $1000 a month passively? I don't do anything for it it's already out in stores.. I can't really pull them off the shelves of the stores. Not like it's a popular book and I'm making millions. 

What should I do? 


I can't work. I have a neurological condition and I'm not a writer it was a side job... I had an office job. 

Update 2:

I can't make another book. That book took me 5 years to put out and I only ever worked office jobs..

Update 3:

Okay so how do I go on disability because I can't work.. that's what I'm trying to find out. Do I tell the shops that have my book to just pull them off the shelves? I'm just looking to live and get on disability so I can focus on my health recovery.

6 Answers

  • RICK
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    $1000  a month should not stop you, I believe the income limit is higher , it was about what you quote 20 years ago. I think you are confusing the $794 which is the maximum SSI pays with the maximum you can earn

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    the cut off is 1310/month.  794 is the maximum SSI benefit.  with work income of 1000, you would get a partial SSI benefit of 336.5 if i did the math right.

    SGA was 1000/month is 2011, 900 in 2007...

    if you have work credits, you get SSDI and that is not reduced by your work income.

    I can't be sure, but I would guess it is considered work income.  it it's not, than you are right, it would eliminate any SSI benefit, but not SSDI.

    when you pay income taxes on this, i would think you are paying into social security.

    Since you did have an office job, you should have SSDI work credits.  try to apply

  • 1 month ago

    your definition of livable and that of the disability law are, obviously, different.

  • 1 month ago

    If you're "making millions" you don't need ssi.

    Ssi is a welfare program and has limits.

    Did you apply for ssdi, or do you not have enough credits with social security to earn it?

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  • 1 month ago

    You have your own answer, you can't earn more than $794, you're earning more than that. It doesn't say "Except for money you make from books." Whatever comes in is income, I suspect you know this and are just looking for a loophole or some sort of validation of your opinion, but sorry, no.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    If you're a writer you can still work.

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