Wages can affect Supplemental Security Income payments

Even a small amount of take-home pay can trigger deductions in payment.
Published: August 25, 2013
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Q: If I receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability, what is the effect on my benefits when I take seasonal work?

A: Even a small amount of earned wages can cause a deduction in your SSI payment. However, it takes substantial work to make your benefits stop. In 2013, a person who receives SSI can earn up to $1,505 a month and still continue receiving some SSI payments.

In many cases, we will deduct approved work expenses to determine your SSI payment amount. In most cases, you can continue to receive your medical coverage for up to two years after you begin working. We have several publications on SSI, including Reporting Your Wages When You Receive Supplemental Security Income, available at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs. For more information, call us toll-free at (800) 772-1213 or TTY at (800) 325-0778, or visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov.

No benefits for dependents

Q: I receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Can my children receive benefits because I receive SSI?

A: No. SSI benefits are based on the needs of the individual and are paid only to the qualifying person. There are no benefits payable to spouses, children or survivors as there are with Social Security benefits. For more information, see our publication, Supplemental Security Income, at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.

This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For fast answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at 800-772-1213. For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov.



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