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I received a letter from SSA saying records show I may be eligible for SSI. Called local office and can't get through

Accountant's Assistant: These retirement benefits are supposed to help us but they can be so complicated! The Retirement Expert will help you get the most benefits propertly. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.

I receive $5,338.80 /yr in soc sec benefits.

Accountant's Assistant: Is there anything else the Retirement Accountant should be aware of?

I am widowed and receive a survivor annuity. Gross distribution on my 2016 tax return is $24,468.00

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Social Security
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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes):

--It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and

--It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

This link will take you to the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool. By taking 5 to 10 minutes to answer a few questions, you can find out if you are eligible for SSI or other benefits.

https://ssabest.benefits.gov/

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SSI?

Anyone who is: aged (age 65 or older); blind; or disabled.

    And, who: has limited income; and has limited resources; and is a U.S. citizen or national, or in one of certain categories of aliens;

    The SSI limits for resources that the SSA will count are: Individual/Child—$2,000 Couple—$3,000.

    The SSI countable income limit is $735

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