I want to follow a friend who found a job at $9.00/day or $17,280/yr income, how will it affect my current SSI benefit amount $550 monthly am receiving if I am accepted & pass the medical exam prior to my hiring
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Texas
Good morning,I'm sorry to hear of the confusion.First of all, I need to have you clarify that you are receiving SSI---the low income welfare benefit---and not some benefit from Social Security such as Social Security Disability (SSDI) or retirement benefits. Doug
Low income welfare benefit is what I am getting right now after reaching 65 years old and having no job until this time
Good afternoon,Thank you for the additional information.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)---which is a financial needs-based public benefit program, handled by individual states and which is paid for by taxes and not a part of Social Security, is a benefit that you must qualify for. If you are seeking Supplemental Security Income you are limited to $2,000 in assets if single, and $3,000 if married. Additionally, the monthly income limits for SSI are identical to the maximum federal SSI benefit: $698 for an individual and $1,048 for a married couple. There are certain exempt resources that you may own that do not count. SSI exempts the first $20 per month of unearned income; and the first $65 of earned income and one-half of monthly-earned income over $65. Other exempt resources, include but are not limited to a house, a car, personal property, household goods, a burial space, or pre-need agreement, and those are not counted.
If you take a job in which you earn $1,440 per month, you will absolutely lose your SSI benefits---regardless of whether you are married or not. I'm sorry.
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