If you are a recipient of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and you go to work, then SSA does not count the first $65 per month of your earnings and 1/2 of the remainder when determining whether and how much your SSI cash benefit should be reduced. This $65 plus 1/2 of the remainder is called an "Earned Income Exclusion". This means that SSA counts less than 1/2 of your earnings when figuring your SSI cash benefit amount.
If you have no unearned income, then $20 per month is also excluded from your earned income before subtracting 1/2 of the remainder. This $20 is called a "General Income Exclusion". (If you do have unearned income, the $20 is subtracted from that amount to determine how much your cash benefit is reduced because of your unearned income. If your unearned income is less than $20, then the amount of your General Income Exclusion that is left over is subtracted from your earned income prior to subtracting 1/2 of the remainder.)
This Earned Income Exclusion is one of the SSI Work Incentives.
Work Incentives Overview
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