Impairment-related work expenses are also known as IRWEs and are costs
that are associated with assistive living or assistive living services.
Most of the time, IRWEs are for individuals with disabilities that need
mechanical or personal assistance in order to perform their job. The SSA
allows eligible applicants who are able to perform minimal work to be
approved for eligibility if they are able to meet income requirement guidelines.
Some disabled individuals are worried that they may not qualify for eligibility
because of their income, but then they have to spend a significant chunk
of that money on IRWEs.
The SSA understands this dilemma, so they have created guidelines that
will help to determine if a person is still eligible for SSDI despite
being able to work. All IRWEs can be excluded from an individual's
earnings if the item or service is required for work, or if the item or
service has a reasonable cost. Also, if the item or service is needed
to accommodate a mental or physical impairment, or is not covered by reimbursement
from other sources like Medicaid or insurance, then it can be excluded
from an individual's earnings.
The items that may be deemed eligible IRWEs for income exclusion are normally
related to assisted living services, medical devices, adaptive home renovations,
or the costs of assisted transportation. Once again, these costs must
be directly related to work, and not just to the person's lifestyle.
For example, if an individual has to pay for assisted transportation to
get to and from work, this would be an IRWE that may be excluded. In every
IRWE category there are some items that are deductible and some that are
not, so you will want to talk to an
SSDI attorney to learn more. The attorneys at the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC are willing to
assist you in your case so talk to them today!