Seeking Work Incentives Advice
It can get complicated when you receive Social Security benefits and go to work. For this exact reason, Social Security created Work Incentives Planning & Assistance (WIPA) projects throughout the country.
There are two WIPA projects in Massachusetts to choose from: Project Impact, and Beneplan. Project Impact is run by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and serves people in the Northeastern, Southeastern, and Metro-Boston areas of Mass. Beneplan is run by UMASS Medical School, and mainly serves people in Western and Central Mass. Both projects offer free, individualized, and completely confidential information about how work could impact your benefits – so you can make the best decision for you.
These WIPA projects are staffed with disability-benefits experts known as Community Work Incentives Coordinators, or CWICs [pronounced “See-Wicks”] for short. It’s always a good idea to check with a CWIC before making a major decision around work and benefits. Just like you’d go to a doctor for a diagnosis or a mechanic for a car repair, it’s definitely recommended that you talk to a CWIC before deciding what’s possible with Social Security.
Want to get a head start?
- Take a look at this “Going to Work” booklet