TN 22 (02-93)
The source and amount of all earned income must be determined, but not all earned
income counts when determining SSI eligibility and payment amount.
First, income is excluded as authorized by other Federal laws.
Then, other income exclusions are applied, in the following order, to the rest of
earned income in the month:
Earned income tax credit payments (effective January 1, 1991) and child tax credit
Up to $30 of earned income in a calendar quarter if it is infrequent or irregular.
Earned income of blind or disabled student children up to the student earned income
exclusion (SEIE) monthly limit , but not more than the SEIE yearly limit. (See SI 00820.510 for monthly and yearly SEIE limits)
Any portion of the $20 monthly general income exclusion which has not been excluded
from unearned income in that same month
$65 of earned income in a month
Earned income of disabled individuals used to pay impairment-related work expenses
One-half of remaining earned income in a month
Earned income of blind individuals used to meet work expenses
Any earned income used to fulfill an approved plan to achieve self-support.
Earned income is never reduced below zero. Any unused earned income exclusion is never
applied to unearned income.
Any unused portion of a monthly exclusion cannot be carried over for use in subsequent
The $20 general and $65 earned income exclusions are applied only once to a couple,
even when both members (whether eligible or ineligible) have income, since the couple's
earned income is combined in determining SSI payments.
For exclusions which apply to both earned and unearned income, see:
Infrequent or Irregular Income -- SI 00810.410
$20 Per Month General Exclusion -- SI 00810.420
Plan to Achieving Self-Support (PASS) as an Income Exclusions -- SI 00810.430
Plans to Achieve Self-Support — Overview -- SI 00870.001
For exclusions applicable only to earned income, see:
Student Earned Income Exclusion -- SI 00820.510
$65 Plus One-Half Remainder Per Month Earned Income Exclusion -- SI 00820.520
Blind Work Expenses -- SI 00820.535
Impairment-Related Work Expenses (IRWE) -- SI 00820.540
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) -- SI 00830.060.