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Unpaid Work by Disabled Worker
(Posted January 14, 2009)
Question 681: I'm on total and permanent disability from Railroad Retirement. I help out in a family business but don't get paid for it. Do I have to report this to the Railroad Retirement Board?
Answer: You're really in a "gray" area. Although there are special earnings limits for disabled workers that would not apply in your situation, the RRB is also interested in any work activity you are doing.
So to be safe, you should report your family business work to the RRB. Your report should include the number of hours and days you work each week, a detailed description of your duties, and when the work first started. Although you do not get paid for your work, you should include any financial consideration you receive in return for your work.
The RRB will then review your claim and determine if the work activity is reconciled with your disability.
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