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 is going to be rather important!
If You Are Applying for LTD
Long Term Disability is disability through your employer. It is different than Social Security. If you are applying for LTD, you will have to prove that you can no longer do your current job. If this is your situation, when you apply for LTD, the way you describe your current job is going to be rather important!
If Your Are Under 50 and Applying for Social Security
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.
Dates of Previous Work
Just write the truth. What you write here should be the same as what is on your taxes.
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 “see attached”. Attach a note indicating the other dates when you were receiving income but out on leave.
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
Peony Proves She Can’t Do Her Past Jobs
When describing your past work, it is helpful to include all physical activities and any other details that will help them see why you could no longer do this job. Peony did a GREAT job describing her past jobs. Here’s her tips: Peony Proves She Cannot Work
🌸 Poeny not only did a great job with her work history report, she did a great job with her whole application. And she got approved in seven months without any appeals! To top it all off, she won her LTD case as well. Here’s how she did it: How Peony Won Her Case Despite “Normal” Test Results
🌸 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.