The Social Security Administration published final regulations to make three significant changes in the work incentives provisions. These changes are effective for January 2006.
  1. The substantial gainful activity amount for 2006 is $860/month.

  2. The trail work period monthly amount for 2006 is $620/month. For a self-employed individual, if the individual's earnings are not over $860/month, SSA will consider that the individual was performing substantial gainful activity if the individual worked more than 80 hours in a month.

  3. The monthly earned income exclusion for students who receive SSI for 2006 is $1,460, and the annual exclusion is $5,910.

All of the above amounts will be adjusted each year.

This information is provided by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.