Examples of payments/services the SSI program will not count as income include:  

  • The first $20 of most income received in a month; 
  • The first $65 of earnings and one–half of earnings over $65 received in a month; 
  • The value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamp) benefits received; 
  • Federal income tax refunds; 
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits; 
  • Assistance based on need funded by a State or local government, or an Indian tribe; 
  • Small amounts of income received irregularly or infrequently; 
  • Grants, scholarships, fellowships or gifts used for tuition and educational expenses; 
  • Food or shelter based on need provided by nonprofit agencies; 
  • Loans to you (cash or in–kind) that you have to repay; 
  • Money someone else spends to pay your expenses for items other than food or shelter (for example, someone pays your telephone or medical bills); 
  • Income set aside under an approved Plan to Achieve Self–Support (PASS);  
  • Earnings up to $1,870 per month to a maximum of $7,550 per year (effective January 2019) for a student under age 22;  
  • Cost of impairment–related work expenses for items or services that an SSI beneficiary needs in order to work;  
  • The cost of work expenses that an individual who is blind in order to work; 
  • Disaster assistance; and 
  • Certain exclusions on Indian trust fund payments paid to American Indians who are members of a federally recognized tribe.
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