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 costofliving increase becomes effective for December of the year in which a determination of the SGA amount would ordinarily be made. Because there is a costofliving increase for December 2016, the formula can be applied. According to the formula, the monthly SGA amount for statutorily blind individuals for 2017 is such SGA amount for 1994 multiplied by the ratio of the national average wage index for 2015 to that for 1992, or, if larger, such SGA amount for 2016 ($1,820). If the amount so calculated is not a multiple of $10, we round it to the nearest multiple of $10.
SGA for the NonBlind Disabled—applies to Social Security and SSI benefits The method used to adjust the SGA for nonblind 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 nonblind disabled individuals for 2017 is such SGA amount for 2000 multiplied by the ratio of the national average wage index for 2015 to that for 1998, or, if larger such SGA amount for 2016 ($1,130). If the amount so calculated is not a multiple of $10, we round it to the nearest multiple of $10.
