# [Ohio-talk] Determination of Substantial Gainful Activity for 2019

Thu Oct 11 22:50:44 UTC 2018

```Hi There,

I thought you might want to know the SGA figures for 2019.

Determination of Substantial Gainful Activity for 2019

The link follows to the SSA page, and I’ve copied the information as well.

Summary:

Determinations of
Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)
Automatic Determinations
Substantial gainful activity amounts
Wage-indexed amounts
SGA for the Blind—applies to Social Security benefits, but does not apply to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits
The formula for determining the SGA amount for the blind is set by law and is applicable only if a cost-of-living increase becomes effective for December of the year in which a determination of the SGA amount would ordinarily be made. Because there is a cost-of-living increase for December 2018, the formula can be applied.
According to the formula, the monthly SGA amount for statutorily blind individuals for 2019 is such SGA amount for 1994 multiplied by the ratio of the national average wage index for 2017 to that for 1992, or, if larger, such SGA amount for 2018 (\$1,970). If the amount so calculated is not a multiple of \$10, we round it to the nearest multiple of \$10.
Calculation details
Amounts in
formula	1994 monthly SGA amount	\$930
1992 average wage index	22,935.42
2017 average wage index	50,321.89
Computation	\$930 times (50,321.89 divided by 22,935.42) equals \$2,040.48, which rounds to \$2,040
Higher amount	\$2,040 exceeds the corresponding amount for 2018, so the amount for 2019 is \$2,040
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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 2019 is such SGA amount for 2000 multiplied by the ratio of the national average wage index for 2017 to that for 1998, or, if larger such SGA amount for 2018 (\$1,180). If the amount so calculated is not a multiple of \$10, we round it to the nearest multiple of \$10.
Calculation details
Amounts in
formula	2000 monthly SGA amount	\$700
1998 average wage index	28,861.44
2017 average wage index	50,321.89
Computation	\$700 times (50,321.89 divided by 28,861.44) equals \$1,220.50, which rounds to \$1,220

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