Many people in Missouri who are considering applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are uncertain if a return to work will mean that benefits will terminate. The answer depends upon the concept of "substantial gainful activity" as defined in the federal regulations that govern SSD claims.
The rule is easily stated: a person may work while receiving SSD benefits as long as the amount of income does not exceed the limit for SGA. SGA is defined by the Social Security Administration as being able to earn a specified gross amount of monthly income. A person who earns more than this figure is deemed to be engaging in SGA and is not entitled to disability benefits. A person who earns less than the SGA amount is deemed to be disabled and eligible to receive SSD benefits. The SGA amount may vary from year to year depending upon economic conditions in the country as a whole. The SGA amount for blind people in 2017 is $1,950 per month and $1,170 for non-blind people.