When determining whether a claimant or beneficiary works at substantial gainful activity
(SGA) levels, consider:
when he or she worked; and
how much he or she earned for the work activity for the period you are evaluating
(after considering all applicable work incentives).
When developing monthly gross earnings, be alert to claimants or beneficiaries who:
may be in a position to defer or suppress the amount of reported earnings (e.g., family
employment, corporate officer); or
received earnings, but may not have actually worked for them (e.g., sick leave, military
casualty, annual leave payments, disability payments); or
may be eligible for work incentive deductions. For policies on how to determine countable
earnings when IRWEs, special conditions, or subsidies may apply, refer to DI 10505.010.
NOTE: It is not necessary to pursue further development of work incentive information if
the evidence shows that the difference between gross and countable earnings would
not change the ultimate SGA determination.
NOTE: Multiply pay per hour by hours worked per week. Multiply the weekly pay by 13/3 (4.333)
to determine a monthly pay.