How much can you make from work and still be allowed to apply for disability? (SGA, Substantial Gainful Activity)
In the context of social security disability and SSI, work and earnings are issues that are far more complicated than most applicants would realize.
However, the short answer to this question is this: you can work and still apply for disability as long as your gross monthly earnings are below a certain monetary amount known as SGA.
SGA stands for substantial gainful activity. And here's the principle on which SGA is founded---a person should be allowed to apply for disability if they are working and earning less than SGA because this may indicate that, while they are able to work, they may not be able to work and earn enough to sufficiently support themselves.
What amount must you be under if you are working and need to file for social security disability or SSI disability benefits?
For 2009, the SGA amount was raised to $980.00 and for 2010 and 2011, the SGA amount is $1000.00.
Here are the SGA amounts for past years:
2005 - the SGA amount was $830.00;
2006 - the SGA amount was $860.00;
2007 - the SGA amount was $900.0;
2008 - the SGA amount was $940.00;
So, if you read this post in 2011, 2012, or a later year, remember this fact, SGA tends to go up a little each year, meaning that the amount you can earn and yet still be allowed to apply for disability goes up a little each year.
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