If you are receiving social security disability benefits now or plan to in 2021, here are two changes just announced by the Social Security Administration that could impact your benefits.
There will be a slight increase in your monthly benefit. The SSA recently announced that Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments will have a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase of 1.3% in 2021. By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). The increase will begin with benefits that Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2021 and increased SSI payments will begin on December 31, 2020.
There will also be a change to what is considered substantial gainful employment in 2021. To be eligible for disability benefits, a person must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA). A person who is earning more than a certain monthly amount (net of impairment-related work expenses) is ordinarily considered to be engaging in SGA and not eligible for social security disability benefit. The monthly SGA amount for statutorily blind individuals for 2021 is $2190 (an increase from $2,110 in 2020). For non-blind individuals, the monthly SGA amount for 2021 is $1310 (an increase from $1,260 in 2020).
Apply for SSDI benefits can be confusing. If you feel that you or someone you know may qualify for SSDI benefits, do not try to fight for them alone. You should have someone who understands the qualifications and rule associated with social security disability benefits help you.
Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson help those fighting for their social security disability benefits. They are the authors of two books pertaining to qualifying for social security disability benefits. Attorney Matthew Noyes is a named partner at the Tampa Bay law firm of Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. For a free consultation about you qualifying for social security benefits, call us at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free consultation.