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 2019, the formula can be applied.

According to the formula, the monthly SGA amount for statutorily blind individuals for 2020 is such SGA amount for 1994 multiplied by the ratio of the national average wage index for 2018 to that for 1992, or, if larger, such SGA amount for 2019 (\$2,040). If the amount so calculated is not a multiple of \$10, we round it to the nearest multiple of \$10.

Amounts informula Computation 1994 monthly SGA amount \$930 1992 average wage index 22,935.42 2018 average wage index 52,145.80 \$930 times (52,145.80 divided by 22,935.42) equals \$2,114.44, which rounds to \$2,110 \$2,110 exceeds the corresponding amount for 2019, so the amount for 2020 is \$2,110

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 2020 is such SGA amount for 2000 multiplied by the ratio of the national average wage index for 2018 to that for 1998, or, if larger such SGA amount for 2019 (\$1,220). If the amount so calculated is not a multiple of \$10, we round it to the nearest multiple of \$10.

Amounts informula Computation 2000 monthly SGA amount \$700 1998 average wage index 28,861.44 2018 average wage index 52,145.80 \$700 times (52,145.80 divided by 28,861.44) equals \$1,264.73, which rounds to \$1,260 \$1,260 exceeds the corresponding amount for 2019, so the amount for 2020 is \$1,260