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SSI: Eligibility: Income Requirements


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To see if you qualify for SSI, the first question becomes: What is "income" for SSI purposes? Once we have determined what income is, and what income is not, the question then becomes what is the maximum income you can receive and still qualify for SSI. This article describes the definition of "income".

SSI defines income in three different ways:

The total of the three types of income together equals countable income for SSI purposes.

An item received in a month is income. What's left becomes a resource the following month.

The maximum income you can receive and still qualify for SSI is the SSI benefit you would receive.

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