Even if you know the definition of a substantial gainful activity (SGA), could you use it? Can you be sure that the last job you tried before you applied for Social Security disability benefits was SGA?
Charles Hall proposes that substantial gainful activity (SGA) has become just too complicated.
If one is engaging in SGA, one cannot be considered disabled, but SGA is a term of art. Work may not be SGA if low earnings, unsuccessful work attempts, made work, subsidized employment, impairment related work expenses, trial work periods, etc. are taken into consideration.
…The biggest problem now is that SGA is just too complicated. Claimants have no idea how it works. Even many Social Security employees who should understand how SGA works, don’t.
Continue reading Social Security and Substantial Gainful Activity
I previously wrote about the various exceptions which may allow you to keep your Social Security disability benefits even if you return to work. The most common of these is an Unsuccessful Work Attempt (UWA).
If you work for 6 months or less at a substantial gainful activity (SGA) level, your work may qualify as an Unsuccessful Work Attempt and not affect your application for benefits (or your current Social Security disability benefits if you have already won your case).
Another benefit of the Unsuccessful Work Attempt exception is that it applies for both Social Security Disability Insurance (20 CFR 404.1574) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (20 CFR 416.974) cases. This is a major difference between Unsuccessful Work Attempts and Trial Work Periods. Continue reading Social Security Disability and the Unsuccessful Work Attempt
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?
Social Security encourages you to try to go back to work to see if you can do it. A Trial Work Period (TWP) lets you work and still be considered disabled by Social Security.
A beneficiary receiving Social Security disability benefits may test his or her ability to work and still be considered disabled. We do not consider services performed during the trial work period as showing that the disability has ended until services have been performed in at least 9 months (not necessarily consecutive) in a rolling 60-month period.
To sum up, a Trial Work Period lets you work and still be considered disabled by Social Security. Not only that, but Social Security does not count all the months you work, just the ones where you earn more than a threshold Trial Work Period amount: Continue reading Social Security disability and returning to work