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SSI Student Earned Income Exclusion

For Wages with No Unearned Income

If you are under age 22 and regularly attending school, Social Security does not count up to $1,640 per month of your wages when calculating your SSI payment amount. The maximum yearly exclusion is $6,600 per year. The SSI and Medicaid resource limits still apply ($2,000 for a single person and $3,000 for a couple). More information about SEIE can be found at SSI Spotlight on Student Earned Income Exclusion and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)


STEP1     Gross Wages (before taxes)
  -   Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE)
  = $0.00   Remaining Earned Income
STEP 2   $0.00   Remaining Earned Income
  - $20.00   General Income Exclusion
  = $0.00    
  - $65.00   Earned Income Exclusion
  = $0.00    
  ÷ 2   Divide remaining Earned Income by 2
  = $0.00   Countable Earned Income
STEP 3   $0.00   Countable Earned Income
  + $0.00   Countable Unearned Income
  = $0.00   Total Countable Income
STEP 4   $721.00   SSI Federal Benefit Rate (FBR) = $721.00 in 2014
  - $0.00   Total Countable Income
  = $710.00   SSI Benefit Check
STEP 5   $0.00   Gross Wages
  + $710.00   SSI Benefit Check
  = $710.00   Total Gross Monthly Budget amount

Note: Remember to keep track of the amount of monthly earned income excluded each month by the Student Earned Income Exclusion to keep track of when you will exceed the annual maximum. At that time, your SSI Benefit Check will reduce according to the calculation using zero for the SEIE.

    2013 - $6,600.00 Annual limit
               $1,640.00 monthly

Please note this calculator is for estimating only. Social Security will make the official determination when you report your wages.

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