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Determinations of Substantial Gainful Activity

Updated October 17, 2007

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Substantial gainful activity amounts

Wage-indexed amounts

SGA for the Blind—does not apply to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits
The monthly SGA amount for statutorily blind individuals for 2008 is such SGA amount for 1994 multiplied by the ratio of the national average wage index for 2006 to that for 1992, or, if larger, such SGA amount for 2007 (\$1,500). If the amount so calculated is not a multiple of \$10, we round it to the nearest multiple of \$10.

Amounts informula Computation 1994 monthly SGA amount \$930 1992 average wage index \$22,935.42 2006 average wage index \$38,651.41 \$930 times (\$38,651.41 divided by \$22,935.42) equals \$1,567.26, which rounds to \$1,570. \$1,570 exceeds \$1,500, so the amount for 2008 is \$1,570

SGA for the Non-Blind Disabled—applies to Social Security and SSI benefits
The method used to adjust the SGA for non-blind individuals is similar to that used for blind individuals and was published in the Federal Register (FR 65 82905) on December 29, 2000. The monthly SGA amount for non-blind disabled individuals for 2008 is such SGA amount for 2000 multiplied by the ratio of the national average wage index for 2006 to that for 1998, or, if larger such SGA amount for 2007 (\$900). If the amount so calculated is not a multiple of \$10, we round it to the nearest multiple of \$10.

Amounts informula Computation 2000 monthly SGA amount \$700 1998 average wage index \$28,861.44 2006 average wage index \$38,651.41 \$700 times (\$38,651.41 divided by \$28,861.44) equals \$937.44, which rounds to \$940 \$940 exceeds \$900, so the amount for 2008 is \$940

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