Earned Income Exclusion

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Ed receives $361 SSDI each month, $10 unearned income from another source and no wages. Ed receives wages of $361 per month, no SSDI and $10 unearned income from another source.

$361 SSDI
+ 10 Other unearned income
$371
- 20 General income exclusion*
$351 Countable income

 

$ 0 SSDI
$ 10 Other unearned income
- 20 General income exclusion*
$ 0 Countable unearned income

$361 Earned income
- 10 Remaining general income exclusion
$351
- 65 [$65 Earned income exclusion**]
$286
-143 half of remaining earnings
$143 Countable earned income

$637 [2008 Federal Benefit Rate]
-351 Countable income
$286 SSI payment

Available income:
$361 SSDI
+ 10 Other unearned income
+286 SSI

$637 [2008 Federal Benefit Rate]
-143 Countable income
$494 SSI payment

Available income:
$361 Earned income
+ 10 Other unearned income
+494 SSI

$657 Total Monthly Income $865 Total Monthly Income

*General income exclusion is an exclusion that is first appliedto any unearned income that you may receive.

**SSA does not count the first $65 of your earnings in a month plus one-half of the remainder.