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# SI 01210.610 Special Blind Income Disregards - Recipient With Nonblind or Nonconverted Eligible Spouse

## A. Introduction

This section provides the policy and procedures for determining CI, and an example illustrating the computations.

## B. Policy

We never apply State plan disregards to the income of an individual who does not qualify for the alternative income counting provision. When calculating countable income for a “mixed” couple under the State plan, we apply State plan disregards to the income of the blind converted recipient, and no disregards to the income of the nonconverted spouse.

## C. Procedure

### 1. Example

A blind grandfathered recipient living in State X marries a nonblind or “nonconverted” SSI recipient. The blind recipient has the following income:

• \$220.00 wages

• \$15.00 BWE under both Federal and State plan rules

• \$135.00 RSDI benefit

The spouse has \$110.00 wages and no work expenses.

The State plan income disregards used in the chart below are typical. Actual disregards vary by State.

### 2. Chart: Determining CI

STEP
1 Compute BCI for blind receipient only Apply the applicable State plan income disregards (SI 01210.500) to the income of the blind recipient only. Unearned Income of Blind Recipient
\$135.00   RSDI
-  8.00   two \$4 RSDI passalongs
\$127.00
-   7.50   general disregard
\$119.50  countable unearned income
Earned Income of Blind Recipient
\$220.00  wages
-  85.00   earned income disregard
\$135.00
÷   2   disregard of one-half of remainder
\$ 67.50
- 15.00   BWE
\$ 52.50  countable earned income
BCI of Blind Recipient Only
\$119.50  countable unearned income
+52.50   countable earned income
\$172.00  BCI
2 Compute BCI for couple Add the spouse's gross income to the step 1 result. Do not apply disregards. \$ 172.00  BCI of blind recipient only
+110.00   spouse's income
\$ 282.00  BCI for couple
3 Compute CI/FR for couple Apply the SSI exclusions to the couple's income. Unearned Income
\$135.00  RSDI
- 20.00   general income exclusion
\$115.00  countable unearned income
The system performs this computation, except for cases requiring a manual computation. Earned Income
\$330.00  wages (both spouses)
- 65.00   earned income exclusion
\$265.00
÷   2   exclusion of one-half of remainder
\$132.50
- 15.00   BWE
\$117.50  earned income
CI/FR
\$ 115.00  countable unearned income
+ 117.50   countable earned income
\$ 232.50  CI/FR
4 Determine CI Compare BCI from step 2 with CI/FR from step 3. Use the lower amount of income as CI. \$232.50 CI (CI/FR from step 3)
After gross income and BCI have been input, the system performs this comparison, except for cases in force due.

## D. References

BCI Initial Claims Input, SM 01005.194

BCI Posteligibility Input, SM 01305.315

 To Link to this section - Use this URL: http://policy.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0501210610 SI 01210.610 - Special Blind Income Disregards - Recipient With Nonblind or Nonconverted Eligible Spouse - 11/06/2013 Batch run: 11/06/2013 Rev:11/06/2013