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Form 21-4140 Definition

Form 21-4140 is an employment questionnaire. This form, issued annually by the VA, takes about five to ten minutes to complete.

Why VBA Requires You to Fill Out Form 21-4140

Form 21-4140 is an annual employment questionnaire. VA requires veterans receiving Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits to fill out and submit Form 21-4140. Since entitlement to TDIU is based on your inability to secure and maintain substantially gainful employment as a result of your service-connected disabilities, VA uses this form to verify that you are still unemployed.

Note: Once you have filled this form out for 20 or more consecutive years, or you are over 70 years old, you are no longer required to submit Form 21-4140.

Information You Will Need to Fill Out Form 21-4140

You will need to provide basic identifying information such as:

  • Your name
  • Social Security Number (be sure to put your Social Security Number on each page)
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Email address (if applicable)
  • Your service number (if applicable)

Form 21-4140 then asks you to list current and past employment for the past year. You must write down:

  • The name and address of the employer
  • The type of work
  • The hours you worked per week
  • The amount of time you worked for the employer
  • The amount of time you lost due to illness if any
  • Your highest gross earnings per month

This helps VA ensure you are staying within the eligibility requirements of TDIU.

Protected Employment and What It Means to You

While entitlement to TDIU is contingent on your inability to secure and maintain substantially gainful employment, this does not necessarily mean you are prohibited from working entirely. There are two important terms you should know in regards to working while receiving TDIU benefits:

Marginal Employment

Marginal employment means that you are employed, but making less than the federal poverty threshold. As of January 2019, this threshold is $12,490.

Sheltered Employment

Sheltered employment is a bit more complicated. A protected work environment includes:

  • Employment at a job that makes certain accommodations for the veteran that are not provided to other workers: For example, your employer knows you have post-traumatic stress disorder. He knows large crowds often trigger you. If the business becomes too busy, he allows you to leave or wait in the back until the crowd leaves.
  • Employment at a family business: For example, your uncle knows you need a job. While his hardware store does not require extra workers, he hires you and provides accommodations, such as not holding you to any of the employment standards to which he holds other employees.

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