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Is there an income limit to be under when you apply for disability?

Yes, there is an income limit to be under when you apply for disability. This is the case whether your claim is for social security disability benefits or for Supplemental security income, or SSI, benefits. The limit is based on gross monthly wages earned in a single month. The limit is called SGA and SGA stands for substantial gainful activity.

SGA is a way for the social security administration to determine whether or not an applicant for disability benefits is actually disabled. The way SSA views it, if a person is capable of working and earning at least this amount (to see the current SGA amount: the social security disability SSI earnings limit), then they cannot be considered disabled.

The way that the social security disability and SSI programs actually work is in steep contrast to the incorrect assumption made by many that to qualify for disability benefits a person must be able to work at all. The truth is that the social security administration recognizes that the mere ability to work and earn a minimal income should not disqualify a person from receiving disability benefits.

Individuals who are filing for disability should always be upfront about their earned income if they have wages. And, without a doubt, individuals who have been approved for disability and are receiving benefits should immmediately report their work activity should they become employed.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Social Security Disability - What is considered earned income versus unearned income according to the SSA?
How important is reporting income for those who currently receive disability benefits?
How much can I get in Social Security Disability Income?
What Determines Social Security Disability Income?
Is there an income limit to be under when you apply for disability?
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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Apply for disability - file for SSD or SSI and the Information needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria