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I am currently receiving Social Security disability benefits. Will my benefits be affected if I earn additional money?

The Social Security Administration will evaluate the work activity of persons claiming or receiving disability benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance. Beginning January 1, 2005 a Social Security Disability beneficiary can earn $830 a month as a result of "substantial gainful activity" or SGA and remain eligible for benefits. For 2004, this amount was $810. Under the new rule monthly SGA earnings limits will be automatically adjusted annually based on increases in the national average wage index. This amount applies to people with disabilities other than blindness.

If you are blind, effective January 2004, earnings averaging over $1,350 a month generally demonstrate SGA. For January 2005, the blind SGA amount was increased to $1,380.


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