Denied SSDI Because You Make Too Much Money
If you’ve been denied SSDI because you make too much money, you may be wondering what in the world happened. After all, maybe you only have a small side job. It doesn’t bring in enough to provide for your needs, so how could the disability office punish you for it?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a number called Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), which is the amount of money you can make each month while still being eligible for benefits. The SSA assumes that if you make more than this amount, you are capable of competing for gainful employment and thus do not need any benefits.
The SGA can change annually, but at the time of this writing, the SSA has set it at $1,550/month for people who are not blind and $2,590 for people who are blind.
If you exceed the SGA, you will most likely receive a denial.
What to Do If You’re Denied Disability Because of Income
If you’re denied Social Security Disability benefits, don’t give up. The majority of applications get denied on the first try.
The appeals process can help you secure the benefits you need. But to get through this part of the process, you really need to have have an attorney on your side. Our attorneys help you find the gaps in your application and strengthen it so you’re more likely to get benefits.
Plus we don’t get paid a penny unless you win, and even that’s just a fraction of your past due benefits—you keep every dollar moving forward.