The touchstone in disability cases is the ability to work. More specifically, the test is whether an individual can perform a Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA). One of the first tests of whether work is SGA is earnings. In 2015, earnings of $1,090 per month (before taxes) suggests the work is SGA.
However there are exceptions to this. One of these is for sheltered work as defined in 20 CRF404.1574(a)(3). Here is what you need to know: Continue reading Disabled soldiers: WTU earnings and Social Security disability (what you MUST know)
To qualify for Social Security disability benefits you have to show that your disability prevents you from being able to work. In Social Security’s words, you have to show that you are unable to engage in a substantial gainful activity (SGA). SGA translates into a maximum dollar amount you are allowed to earn and still be potentially eligible for Social Security benefits.
For 2015, the most you can earn is $1,090 per month (before taxes or deductions). If you earn more than this, Social Security may say that you are engaging in a substantial gainful activity and, therefore, not eligible for disability benefits.
The SGA issue is so important that it is the very first step of the 5 step sequential evaluation process – the way Social Security evaluates adult disability claims!
What do I do if I earn more than the substantial gainful activity amount? Does than mean I can’t get Social Security disability benefits?!?
Continue reading I earn too much for Social Security disability, what can I do?
To qualify for Social Security disability benefits you have to show that your disabilities prevent you from being able to work. In general, you have to show that you are unable to perform a substantial gainful activity (SGA).
However, there are exceptions to this general rule, including Subsidized Wages or Sheltered Work environments.
Social Security can only consider the money you earn in deciding if your work is a substantial gainful activity. Anything over the “reasonable value” of your work, may be a subsidy. Social Security cannot consider a subsidy, basically a “gift,” as earnings in determining if the work is a substantial gainful activity.
So, how does sheltered and subsidized work play into this analysis? Continue reading Social Security SGA: sheltered and subsidized EXPLAINED
I have written about how Social Security defines disability, work, and a substantial gainful activity.
But, how does Social Security really evaluate a case?
Social Security reviews cases using the five-step sequential evaluation process to decide is a person is disabled. Here are the 5 questions that make up the sequential evaluation process: Continue reading Social Security 5 step sequential evaluation process EXPLAINED!
Can a person work and still receive Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits?
The answer is a qualified “yes.”
Social Security wants people to try to go back to work. But, the regulations surrounding keeping your benefits while you try to go back to work make it tricky.
Here is a primer to (hopefully) keep you out of trouble. This is stuff you have to know!
Continue reading Can I work and get Social Security disability or SSI?
A number of people responded to my prior post about “substantial gainful activity” amounts. To briefly review: the general rule is that you cannot earn more than the substantial gainful activity amounts to be found disabled.
What do I do if I am earning more than the substantial gainful activity amount? Does than mean I cannot get Social Security disability benefits?!?
Continue reading How to get Social Security disability even if you earn too much