older man looking over ssi eligibility
By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a vital program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that provides financial assistance to individuals with limited income and resources. Eligibility for SSI benefits depends on various factors, including your age, income, and assets. In this informative guide, we will delve into the age-related income and asset limits for SSI eligibility in Florida. Disability Advocates Group is here to assist you in navigating the complexities of the SSI application process.

Understanding SSI Eligibility

SSI is designed to provide financial assistance to individuals who are aged, blind, or disabled and who have limited income and resources. To qualify for SSI benefits, you must meet specific eligibility criteria, including income and asset limits.

Age-Related Eligibility Criteria

Age plays a significant role in determining the income and asset limits for SSI eligibility. The SSA categorizes individuals into three age groups, each with slightly different criteria:

1. Individuals Aged 18-64

This age group consists of non-elderly individuals aged 18 to 64. The income and asset limits for this group are typically lower than those for individuals aged 65 and older. It’s essential to adhere to these limits to maintain SSI eligibility.

2. Children Under Age 18

Children under the age of 18 have their own set of eligibility criteria. Income and asset limits are applied to the child’s income and resources, as well as the income and resources of their parents or guardians.

Income Limits

Income limits for SSI eligibility are based on the federal benefit rate (FBR), which is the maximum monthly SSI payment an eligible individual can receive. As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, the FBR is subject to annual adjustments. To maintain SSI eligibility, your countable income must be below the FBR.

Asset Limits

In addition to income limits, SSI has strict asset limits. Countable assets, also known as resources, include cash, bank accounts, stocks, bonds, land, and other valuable items. As of my last update, the asset limit for an individual is $2,000, while for a married couple, it is $3,000. However, certain assets, such as your primary residence and one vehicle, are excluded from the calculation.

Deeming of Income and Resources for Children

For children under age 18, the SSA considers both the child’s income and resources and the income and resources of their parents or guardians when determining eligibility. This process is known as deeming. The rules for deeming can be complex, and it’s essential to understand how they apply to your specific situation.

Appealing Denials

Understanding the age-related income and asset limits for SSI eligibility in Florida is crucial when applying for this vital program. While these limits can be complex, Disability Advocates Group is here to simplify the process and guide you through every step. Our experienced attorneys can help ensure your application meets all requirements and, if necessary, assist with appeals.

Don’t let the intricacies of SSI eligibility deter you from seeking the financial assistance you may be entitled to. Contact Disability Advocates Group today to discuss your SSI application and secure the support you need for a brighter financial future.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.