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What obligations do I have if I am receiving disability benefits?

A recent post on this blog discussed how, in the near future, recipients of SSD benefits Newark may have to agree not to own or possess a gun as a condition of receiving benefits. That post raises the question as to what ongoing responsibilities a New Jersey resident who is receiving benefits has to the Social Security Administration.

Perhaps the most important obligation a person has is the obligation to report changes in his or her status. Benefits are awarded based on certain criteria that are present at the time the person applied for benefits. If a person no longer meets the criteria, then he or she has an obligation to let the Social Security Administration know so that it can stop benefits.

For example, a person needs to report other income sources that he or she did not have at the time he or she received benefits. For instance, if a person starts to receive, or stops receiving, an employer-sponsored pension, then he or she needs to report it. A person also should report all workers' compensation payments, as well as payments from another entitlement program for the disabled.

Furthermore, since disability is based on one's having a debilitating medical condition, a New Jersey resident is required to report if the medical condition improves or if the resident goes back to work either as an employee for another company or in his or her own business. This reporting requirement applies even if the person is not earning a lot of money at his or her new job.

It is important for disabled New Jersey residents to know what their obligations are once they start receiving disability payments. After all, the failure to meet these obligations can mean that benefits will be cut off and that a person will have to re-pay benefits. For more serious cases, a person may even be charged with a crime if he or she does not meet his or her obligations.

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