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SSI Grant Calculation

For Earned Income

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program. This means any other income you receive, such as earned income from work, will cause your SSI to decrease. This example demonstrates the effect of wages (earned income) on Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Your SSI check will decrease, but because less than ½ of your gross earnings are counted by SSI, you will usually have more money working than when you were not working. Get more information about Supplemental Security Income (SSI)


STEP1     Gross Wages (before taxes)
  - $20.00   General Income Exclusion
  = $0.00    
  - $65.00   Earned Income Exclusion
  = $0.00    
  ÷ 2   Divide remaining Earned Income by 2
  = $0.00   Total Countable Earned Income
STEP 2   $721.00   SSI Federal Benefit Rate (FBR) = $721.00 in 2014
  - $0.00   Total Countable Income
  = $710.00   SSI Benefit Check
STEP 3   $0.00   Gross Wages
  + $710.00   SSI Benefit Check
  = $710.00   Total Gross Monthly Budget amount

Please note this calculator is for estimating only. Social Security will make the official determination when you report your wages.

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