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Will I Lose My Disability Because Of My Gambling Winnings?

I was just award social security disability, i received a 1099k from paypal. Gambling winnings. I haven’t had an income since 2016 until i got this 1099k. Will i lose my disability?

Hi. Probably not. The only way that gambling winnings could affect your eligibility for Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits is if you're considered to be a professional gambler who's required to pay self-employment taxes on your winnings.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 - 13:12

How Do I Switch From Disability To Social Security Retirement?

I am on SSI Dissability and would like to try to work but don’t want to lose it. I will turn 62 in 2023. How do I switch to social security retirement so that I can earn substantially and still have my SS? I know it will be substantially lower but I am unable to live on just the SS and hoping to be able to work and earn enough to pay my bills but don’t want to lose the disability if I try to work.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 14:47

Can My Husband And I Sell Our Home And Split The Money Without Affecting Our Disability Benefits?

My husband is on social security disability because he has stage 4 lung and brain cancer. We were planning on getting a divorce when he was working i hadnt been able to work for 7 years before he was diagnosed. I am 62 and on disability myself now he is 49 and been on disability for 2 years. I didn't leave cause i thought he would need help but he is doing good.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 11:15

Are There Any Ways That I Can Increase The Amount That I'm Receiving?

Hi Larry
I have been receiving Social Security Disability since 1998. Are there any ways that I can increase the amount that I'm already receiving?


Hi Don,

Probably not. Social Security disability (SSDI) benefit rates are based on a variable number of a person's highest years of wage-indexed earnings. The number of years used is determined by the age at which the person became disabled.

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 08:57

How Will My Doctor's Misdiagnosis Affect My Disability Outcome?

What if my Dr., who I have been seeing for years, has been misdiagnosing and prescribing me the wrong meds, making my condition worse, and me even more disabled. How will this affect my disability outcome? I have done a lot of research and I know it is based on your functional capacity to work at that point in time, which I do not have, but what if the judge thinks my condition might get better if I am no longer on that medication? Because schizophrenia is a condition that may get better but will never truly go away.


Monday, June 18, 2018 - 07:38

Would My Hearing Loss Qualify Me For An Increase In My Monthly Benefit?

I am 70 years old and started collecting my SS at 67 rears old. I recently have been diagnosed with moderate hearing loss and hearing aids are recommended. Is my hearing loss considered a disability and qualify for an increase in my monthly benefit?
Thank you


I'm sorry to learn of your hearing loss.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 11:51

What Happens To My Disability Claim If I Return To Part-Time Work?

I have filed for disability, I have been denied twice, appealed it and just recently appealed for a court hearing. Was told 18 to 24 months before getting a court date. If I think I can go back to work part time what will happen to all the time I have already invented which has been 15 months. My husband and I are financial drowning. What should i do? Wait it out? Or try going back to work for a little bit until my health gets me again


Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 07:48
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