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Common Reasons For Not Getting Social Security Benefits – Too Much Income

By Kenton Koszdin on June 4, 2018 | In Disability Insurance

Common Reasons For Not Getting Social Security Benefits – Too Much Income

As I review a case file after the first client interview, I analyze two issues: what facts favor the approval of benefits and which provide grounds for the denial of benefits. The reasons or grounds for any denial of benefits is often within the control of the applicant and therefore capable of being avoided to prevent any denial of benefits. This is a key reason why the representation of an experienced Social Security disability attorney is crucial to the initial application process. This blog addresses one of the many reasons why an applicant may be denied Social Security benefits.

If an applicant has income that exceeds the limit of that which is considered “substantial gainful activity” (SGA), he or she earns too much income to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Limits are set by federal regulations and updated annually.

The monthly SGA amount for 2018 for non-blind individuals is $1,180. The monthly SGA amount in 2018 for statutorily blind individuals is $1,970. SGA for the blind does not apply to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, while SGA for the non-blind applies to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI benefits.

Applicants may not make more than the substantial gainful activity level for SSI benefits, however, once approved, this level of income may be increased. After an applicant is deemed eligible for disability benefits, he or she may attempt to return to the workforce. As an incentive, there may be a trial work period in which an approved applicant may have earnings and still collect benefits.

Retaining a knowledgeable, qualified, disability attorney like Kenton Koszdin gives applicants for disability benefits an effective alternative point of contact for all important information. Working with an attorney that is experienced in California Social Security disability cases ensures that you have the best chance of initially filing a successful disability application, thus avoiding the necessity of reconsideration or appeal. Thus, it may be time to contact Kenton Koszdin Law Office today. We offer free office and in-home consultations at your complete convenience. Call 800-438-7734 or visit us online. We look forward to your call or email! Se habla espańol!

 

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