If you’re disabled and unable to work, you might be eligible for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Unfortunately, you will need to complete some paperwork to prove your case. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of tips for you so that you can easily and efficiently complete one of the forms often required by the SSA: the Social Security disability work activity report. You may need to complete this form when you’re initially applying for disability benefits or after you’ve been approved, when the SSA reviews your case to check that you’re still eligible for benefits. Scroll down to learn how to complete the Social Security disability work activity report, the mistakes you should avoid, and the tips you should follow to improve your chances.
Social Security Disability Work Activity Report
If you want the SSA to understand the severity of your disability and how it has affected your life, you may need to complete the Social Security disability work activity report. To view the report, click here for the employee form and click here for the self-employment version.
As you can see if you scroll through the form, you’ll be asked about additional pay (vacation pay, workers comp, bonuses, etc.), your recent work and wages, whether or not you have worked under special circumstances (worked fewer hours, had easier duties, received extra help due to your condition, etc.), and how your employer responded to your condition (if they reduced your hours, reduced your earnings, gave you easier work, etc). There are a few other questions, as well as a large area called “Remarks” in which you can write additional, noteworthy information or clarify your answers.
- Print your answers in blue or black ink or type them.
- The form will arrive with a date at the top. You must complete the form and send it to the address given on the form within 15 days of the provided date. Write down your deadline and stick to it!
- Respond to the form’s questions carefully and fully. Also, answer every question. If the question doesn’t apply to your situation or there is no answer, you need to write in “not applicable,” “none,” “don’t know,” etc.
- If you feel that an answer requires more explanation, go ahead and explain your answer. If you need more space, write in the section called “Remarks,” which was created for this purpose. When you write in the “Remarks” area, be sure to clearly specify the number of the question you’re answering and explaining.
- Be forthcoming about your disability. Often, people are embarrassed by their medical condition and how it has affected their work life, so they downplay the severity of their disability or neglect to provide all the pertinent information. Don’t let your pride stop you from getting the disability benefits you deserve. As you complete the Social Security disability work activity report, be candid, expressive, and honest.
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If you’re struggling to complete your Social Security disability work activity report, contact BTS Group, Inc. Our disability representatives would be happy to help you apply for disability, build your case, monitor your case status, and ultimately win the disability benefits you deserve. Click here to contact us and receive a free case evaluation.