What types of income are used to determine Supplemental Security Income eligibility?

SSI eligiblityIf unsure about your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility, talk to a disability attorney in Raleigh who can explain the types of income used to determine whether you qualify for SSI. You may also need to seek legal counsel if you have other questions pertaining to eligibility or what to do if your claim is denied. 

If you are disabled, blind, or at least 65 years old, you could qualify to receive SSI. However, you must also be able to show that you have limited income and resources. 

Limited income includes earned income such as wages or earnings. It also includes unearned income that you receive in the form of benefits, such as Social Security, unemployment, pensions, etc. 

Two other kinds of income are also considered: One is called in-kind income. This is food and/or shelter that you receive for free. The other is called deemed income; this comes from a spouse or parent, provided you live with either. 

The reason your income is so important is because the more you earn, the lower your SSI benefit will be, in most cases. What’s more, if your income reaches a certain amount, it may be considered too high to qualify for SSI at all.

Certain types of income may not be counted for SSI, which can be discussed when an attorney evaluates your claim for benefits. 

It’s important to get in touch with a North Carolina disability attorney if you have questions or concerns regarding SSI eligibility requirements. The longer you delay, the longer it could take to receive benefits if you're eligible. Our initial consult is always free and you can schedule one at 800-849-5931 or 910-892-8177. You can also request a case evaluation here.