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I earn too much for Social Security disability benefits, what can I do?

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 … Continue reading

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Is SGA too complicated?

Even if you know the definition of a substantial gainful activity (SGA), could you apply 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 … Continue reading

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How Social Security reviews cases: the 5 step sequential evaluation process

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 … Continue reading

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Can I work and still receive Social Security disability or SSI benefits?

Updated 01/04/12. 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 … Continue reading

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Reducing income below SGA levels: Impairment Related Work Expenses (IRWE)

If your work is performed at a Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level you may be denied Social Security disability benefits.  However, you may be able to reduce the amount Social Security considers to bring your gross income below SGA levels. One … Continue reading

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What if I am earning more than the Substantial Gainful Activity amount?

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 … Continue reading

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