What’s new for Social Security Disability in 2017?

Georgia Social Security Lawyer

With the new year comes new rules and updates in Social Security Disability. When seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”), social security requires a minimum of 20 to 40 work credits, depending on the your age at which you became disabled. Each year a worker earns a maximum of 4 credits. In 2016, you had to pay social security taxes on at least $5040 to earn four credits.

Starting in 2017, Social Security requires that you pay social security taxes on at least $5200 to earn four credits. To make up for the increase in cost of living, Social Security has a cost of living adjustment (“COLA”) of .3% increase per month for 2017 payments. To qualify for Social Security Disability, an applicant cannot have income from employment that exceeds substantial gainful activity (“SGA”). The 2017 SGA for non-blind applicants is $1170 per month. Some applicants are eligible for Supplemental Security (“SSI”). To receive SSI, an individual cannot have more than $2000 in financial resources. If a couple is receiving SSI, their maximum combined resources cannot exceed $3000. As for the 2017 COLA increase for SSI, individuals can receive up to $735 per month and couples can receive up to $1103.


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