The Social Security Administration has released a new COLA fact sheet that outlines the various changes that go into effect in 2022 for Social Security beneficiaries, including those who receive disability benefits.
If you are a beneficiary currently receiving benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program, or plan on applying for benefits this year, these changes will apply to you. The most important changes are related to the substantial gainful activity thresholds that apply to disability benefits.
Substantial gainful activity refers to the maximum gainful work that you are allowed to do in order to still qualify for disability benefits. Basically, this is the maximum amount of work that you can do in spite of your disability. If you are working at a job that helps you earn above this income threshold, then you are not eligible for disability benefits. In 2022, the substantial gainful activity limit for non- blind persons is $1,350 per month. For blind persons, the threshold is $2,260 per month.