When looking at your eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, it is important to know if you have Substantial Gainful Activity that surpasses the allowed amount. Substantial Gainful Activity is the term the Social Security Administration uses to describe a level of work activity and earnings. In order for income to count as Substantial Gainful Activity, it must be work performed for pay or profit, work generally performed for pay or profit, or work intended for profit (whether or not a profit is realized). So does alimony count as Substantial Gainful Activity? No. Alimony is unearned income, as it is not work done for, or intended to be done for, profit. Therefore, it will not impact an individuals eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. However, it can impact eligibility for Supplemental Security Income.
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