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Social Security Disability Updates for 2012; Higher Earnings Allowed

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The Social Security Administration has released the new numbers for 2012. The Federal Government’s disability program has increased the amounts necessary for work determinations, the payments for Supplemental Income and the maximum taxable earnings. Earnings of less than $12,120 per year may not be viewed as "substantial" such that a wage earner would be deemed ineligible for monthly Federal disability payments.

Of significance to the Reston Herndon Social Security Disability law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, was the the amount necessary for "Substantial Gainful Activity" (or "SGA"). SGA is essentially work for pay, as opposed to interest earned on a bank account, lottery winnings, investments, sheltered workshop pay or stock or other investment income. SGA has been increased to $1010/month, up from $1,000 in 2011. Disability lawyer Doug Landau would explain to clients that if they earned more than $1,000 in a given month, the Federal Judge might view those earnings as "substantial" and not allow Social Security Disability ("SSDI") payment for that time period. Earnings of less than SGA may be viewed as an "unsuccessful work attempt" such that a "Fully Favorable" decision might still be issued by the Administrative Law Judge.

Other numbers of note include one quarter of coverage will be $1,130, up from $1,120 in 2011. This is how much a worker has to earn in a 3 month period to get one "quarter" of credit towards their Social Security benefits. A wage earner must generally earn 40 "quarters" of credits to "have jurisdiction" before the Social Security Administration and be able to draw monthly SSDI benefits. Furthermore, the maximum taxable earnings will be $110,100, up from $106,800 this year. Lastly, SSI has increased to $698/month, not including any State supplement, according to the Federal Government’s Disability program’s fact sheet.

If you or someone you know or care for has become disabled and there are questions about what Social Security, please e-mail or call us at the Herndon Reston Virginia law firm of ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once.