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Your source of income (and amount) affects your SSI benefits

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote a post about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and how this form of financial benefits is different than Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). There are many differences between the two common forms of Social Security benefits, but today we would like to discuss about one of them in a bit more detail: how income plays a factor in your Supplemental Security Income.

The first thing to realize about SSI benefits is that you financial resources must be very limited to qualify in the first place. Even when you qualify, the maximum amount of SSI a person can receive in a month is $733 (or $1,100 for a married couple). From there, your benefits will be affected by your income. How much you make and from what sources you get that income will impact how much the reduction on your SSI benefits will be.

There are exemptions depending on where the income is from, but these exemptions are very small ($65 if the income is from working, $20 if from non-working form of income such as workers' compensation). If you make too much, you won't earn any SSI. The maximum monthly amount is hard to pin down for any individual case, since each one is unique. But, in general, you should consider the maximum monthly income limit before SSI benefits stop to be twice your monthly benefit plus whatever exemption you have ($65 or $20).

Source: The Motley Fool, "What Is the Maximum Income to Qualify for SSI?," Matthew Frankel, April 26, 2016

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