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How does income affect SSI benefits?

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at

2128. How does income affect SSI benefits?

The amount of your income determines your eligibility for SSI and the amount of your benefit. Generally, the more income you receive the lower your SSI benefit. If you have too much income, you are not eligible for SSI benefits. However, not everything you get is considered income and not all income counts in determining your eligibility.

In certain situations, other people are expected to share financial responsibility for an individual. In these situations, the income (and resources) of others are considered in determining the individual's eligibility and payment amount (see §2167).

Last Revised: Apr. 7, 2003


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