Individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will lose eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments if he/she receives earned income. Earned income may be cash or in kind. The Social Security Administration (SSA) refers income paid as in-kind earned income as the value of food, clothing, shelter or other items provided to the beneficiary of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits instead of tangible cash.
Examples of Earned Income:
Per the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the rules pertaining to Supplemental Security Income(SSI), any amount of money received (not earned) by a beneficiary who receives SSI benefits is referred to as unearned income. If a beneficiary receives any money will reduce a beneficiary’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
Common Types of Unearned Income:
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