MA 2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

The Massachusetts Cost-of-Living (COLA) for 2018 increases by 2% effective January 2018. 

Maximum federal SSI monthly payment amounts:

Eligible individual – $750

Eligible couple – $1125

Essential person – $376

 

Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) The amount of monthly earnings considered as SGA depends on the nature of a person’s disability.

SGA presumed at or above this threshold of gross monthly wages or net self-employment income:

Eligibility based on Disability – $1180

Eligibility based on Statutory Blindness – $1970

 

Trial Work Period threshold (gross earnings per month):

$850

 

Student Earned Income Exclusion:

Up to $1820 per month

But not more than $7350 per calendar year 2018

 

Maximum fee for representative payee services :

(Only certain orgs. approved by SSA are allowed to collect these fees)

$42 per month

$80 per month for those with DAA conditions

 

Taxable (FICA) earnings needed to earn a quarter of coverage:

$1320

 

Schedule of Benefit Payments 2018:

https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10031-2018.pdf

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