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Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)

What Expenses Can Be Used To Reduce Earnings For Purposes of Substantial Gainful Activity?

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If you are an employee, Social Security does not count the following in determining your income:

  • Expenses to get you to, and keep you in, the work place. To learn more, see IRWE.
  • If you are being overpaid for the work you do, the overpayment is referred to as a "subsidy." The amount by which your earnings are being subsidized is not counted. To learn more, see Subsidized Earnings.
  • Money you put into a PASS account isn't counted. To learn more, see PASS Accounts.

If you are self-employed, business expenses can be deducted. To learn more, see Self Employed.

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