We define “clearly not SGA” as earnings from employment that are clearly below the
trial work period (TWP) service month threshold level (for the TWP service months
amounts, see DI 13010.060). If a claimant or beneficiary alleges earnings that are below the TWP service month
threshold, and there is no evidence that conflicts with his or her allegation, or
indicates that he or she may be in a position to control or suppress earnings:
do not complete an SSA-821-BK, Work Activity Report—Employee;
determine that the work is not SGA; and
continue to process the case without documenting the work with an SSA-821-BK.
The following subsections discuss responsibilities and procedures for handling work
issues in initial and post-entitlement cases.
DI 10501.001 Meaning of SGA and Scope of Subchapter
DI 10505.003 Evaluating and Developing Earnings that Clearly Are or Are Not Substantial Gainful
Activity (SGA) - Field Office (FO) and Disability Determination Services (DDS) Procedure