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SSI issues: gifts vs. in-kind support

Social Security Supplemental income or SSI treats a gift or giving money differently than someone paying your bills or in-kind support.  A gift of money will be deducted from your SSI benefits dollar for dollar, except the first $20 which is disregarded.  If the monthly gift is more than SSI monthly payment you  will not be eligible for a payment for the month.  In-kind support is when bills are paid for you directly.  When a friend or relative pays your rent or bills directly you are receiving in-kind support.  When someone pays your bills directly Social Security will deduct 1/3 of the SSI benefit rate.  For more information please give our office a call.

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