A month or two after you first apply, Social Security may send you a work history form to complete. This form may turn out to be very important. Or it may not matter at all. Let’s take a look:
If You Are Age 50+
Once you are over age 50, there is a special rule that may make it easier to get approved. To use this rule, it will help if you can show you can no longer do any of the jobs you used to do. If this is your situation, the way you describe your work history can sometimes be important.
If Your Are Under 50
Your past job descriptions are unlikely to be very important. Proving you can’t do your past jobs won’t help you that much because you need to prove that you can’t do any job. In rare cases, this form may make a difference so it doesn’t hurt to learn more, but please don’t stress about it.
If you are having trouble remembering your past jobs or dates of employment, you can create an online Social Security account and check your earnings history. If you notice that any jobs are missing from the Social Security records, you may want to look into getting this corrected, since it could affect the amount of your disability benefits.
Dates of Previous Work
What you write here should be the same as what is on your taxes and Social Security statements.
If you were technically employed, but stopped working (out on extended sick leave or disability leave) during the end of your employment, then list the date you stopped performing work and write a note indicating the other dates when you were receiving income but out on leave. If possible, attach documentation or proof that you were out on leave and not working during those days.
Earning Income Without Working
If you were earning income but not performing work (for example, if you were co-owner of a business, but not actually working), it is helpful to provide documentation proving that you are not working. Learn more: Earning Income Without Working
🌸 If you are also applying for Long Term Disability (disability through your employer), you will need to fill out more job descriptions for your insurance company. Here’s how Peony did it and won her case: Peony Proves She Cannot Work
🌸 The Work History Report is just one piece of the puzzle. Here’s the whole puzzle: How to Greatly, Greatly (Greatly!) Improve Your Disability Application
🌸 If you already filled out your work history form, and now you are having regrets about your answers, it may be possible to send Social Security additional information. Some lawyers do this before or during a hearing. Once again, this is sometimes important for people who are age 50 or over. Learn more.