Tag Archives | Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)

Winning Social Security disability benefits after age 50

If you are 50 years old or older, Social Security makes it easier to prove your disability case. Individuals between 18 and 49 meet a tougher standard discussed in this article. Starting at age 50, and then again at age 55 … Continue reading

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Are earnings in WTU considered SGA for Social Security disability benefits?

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 2012, earnings of $1,010 … Continue reading

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Social Security Ruling: Documenting and Evaluating Disability in Young Adults

September 10, 2011 saw the second SSR issued for 2011 (effective September 12, 2011). You can also view and download the entire ruling as a PDF here. SSR 11-2p deals with Documenting and Evaluating Disability in Young Adults. Much of the ruling is a … Continue reading

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What’s new in Social Security in 2010?

The Social Security Red Book page has a nice summary of the the changes in the Social Security system in 2010: We increased the Substantial Gainful Activity SGA amount for individuals with disabilities, other than blindness, from $980 to $1000 … Continue reading

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Reviewing your Social Security exhibit file – Part 2 Critical Dates

What’s the next thing to review in the Social Security exhibit file after the medical records? Check these critical dates: Alleged Onset Date (AOD) & Date Last Insured (DLI)! The E section usually contains for two documents that provide this information: “Disability … Continue reading

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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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Trial work period and Social Security disability benefits

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 … 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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Should I work while waiting for my Social Security hearing?

The long wait for a Social Security hearing is a massive financial drain for most people.  With no money coming in, or just minimal state aid, a lot of people wonder how to pay for rent, utilities, and groceries.   … Continue reading

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Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits vs SSI Supplemental Security Income

Social Security has two different benefit programs for individuals who are disabled. Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB, also known as SSDI, or Title 2 benefits); and Supplemental Security Income (SSI or Title 16 benefits). Because of its name, it is a common … Continue reading

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Am I disabled? Should I apply for Social Security benefits?

A lot of people ask me how Social Security decided if they are disabled. I can’t do the work I have done for 35 years.  Am I disabled? I stopped working to take care of a family member, but now … 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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