WHAT IS THE STUDENT EARNED INCOME EXCLUSION?

This provision allows a person who is under age 22 and regularly attending school to exclude earnings from income.

    small blue and black arrow In January 2014 the amounts we could exclude were $1,750 monthly up to a yearly maximum of $7,060.
    small blue and black arrow In January 2015 the amounts increased to $1,780 monthly up to a yearly maximum of $7,180.

We usually adjust the monthly amount and the yearly limit annually, based on any increases in the cost–of–living index. We apply this exclusion before any other exclusion.

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WHAT DOES "REGULARLY ATTENDING SCHOOL" MEAN?

"Regularly attending school" means that the person takes one or more courses of study and attends classes:

    small blue and black arrow in a college or university, for at least 8 hours a week; or
    small blue and black arrow in grades 7–12, for at least 12 hours a week; or
    small blue and black arrow in a training course to prepare for employment, for at least 12 hours a week (15 hours a week if the course involves shop practice); or
    small blue and black arrow in a home school situation, for at least 12 hours per week and in accordance with the home school law of the State or jurisdiction in which the student resides; or
    small blue and black arrow for less time than indicated above for reasons beyond the student's control, such as illness.

A person who is homebound because of a disability may be a student when he or she:

    small blue and black arrowstudies a course or courses given by a school (grades 7–12), college, university, or government agency; and
    small blue and black arrowhas a home visitor or tutor from school who directs the study or training.

Example:

Jim is a student who earns $1,800 a month in June, July and August of 2015.  In September, he returns to school and continues working part-time.  He earns $900 a month in September through December 2015. 

Using the student earned income exclusion; Jim can exclude $1,780 of his earnings in June, July and August, and can exclude all of his $900 earnings in September and October ($900 x 2 = $1,800).  Through October, Jim will use up $7,140 of his $7,180 yearly limit. Excluding $40 from his November earnings will use up his yearly limit.  His remaining wages, after deducting monthly and yearly limits, will still be subject to the earned income exclusion of $65 per month and one-half of the remaining earned income.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER RULES WHICH MAY HELP?

Other SSI work incentives such as Plan to Achieve Self-Support, work expense exclusions, and continued Medicaid coverage may help an SSI beneficiary while working.


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