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SSI Grant Calculation

For Earned and Unearned Income

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program. This means any earned income, such as wages or unearned income, such as SSDI, SSDAC, unemployment, veteran’s benefits, etc. will affect your SSI cash payment. This example demonstrates the effect of earned and unearned income on SSI. Get more information about Supplemental Security Income (SSI)


STEP1     Unearned Income (SSDI, Veteran's Benefit, etc.)
  - $20.00   General Income Exclusion
  = $0.00   Countable Unearned Income
STEP2     Gross Wages (before taxes)
  - $65.00   Earned Income Exclusion
  = $0.00    
  ÷ 2   Divide remaining Earned Income by 2
  = $0.00   Countable Earned Income
STEP 3   $0.00   Countable Unearned Income (gross)
  + $0.00   Countable Earned Income
  = $0.00   Total Countable Income
STEP 4   $721.00   SSI Federal Benefit Rate (FBR) = $721.00 in 2014
  - $0.00   Total Countable Income
  = $710.00   SSI Benefit Check
STEP 5   $0.00   Unearned Income
  + $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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