YANML: How does SSA calculate earned monthly income
May 19, 2014 2:22 PM Subscribe
YANML: How does SSA calculate earned monthly income for purposes of determining SGA? As an SSD recipient who works part-time, I must spend every dollar I earn over SGA on approved medical expenses. Where I am having difficulty is figuring out exactly how SSA is doing the math for purposes of determining how much I've earned a month.
posted by IwishIwasFordMaddoxFord to Law & Government (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It is not a matter of just looking at the gross pay I take home each month. There is a mathematical formula SSA employs to determine monthly income. For whatever reason, my local SSA office is very coy about giving out this formula. I can make some waves about their failure to provide this information, but before I do that I want to see if the answer is floating around out there.
SSA is particularly brutal about (even small) overpayments, my income fluctuates (depending on the semester), and I am not earning an hourly wage (I'm paid by semester). This, plus SSA reticence in showing me their math, makes it difficult to know how much out of a given paycheck I should spend on medical expenses.