Supplemental Security Income provides money to meet basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter for aged or disabled people. If you have a spouse, their income may affect the amount of benefits you receive. “Deemed- Income” is the income of your spouse, parents, or sponsor with which you share a home, and it is included when computing how much money you will receive from your SSI benefits. This along with your other sources of income is included in your “countable income.” If your countable income is over a certain limit then you will be ineligible to receive SSI benefits.  These deemed benefits may apply if you live with a spouse who is not eligible to receive SSI benefits.  A portion of your spouse’s income can be used as countable income. However, this deemed income does not apply if you no longer live with your spouse.

 In contrast with Supplemental Security Income, deemed income does not apply when considering eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance. Eligibility for SSDI is based on taxes you paid while previously working, thus a spouse’s income will have no bearing on whether or not you will qualify for SSDI benefits.  As a Social Security Attorney in Tallahassee, Matt Liebenhaut can help you determine whether your spouse’s income will affect your application for SSI or SSDI benefits.

 If you believe you qualify for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income based on a disability and your claim has been denied, or you simply need assistance with your application, please contact Tallahassee Disability Attorney Matt Liebenhaut.  Our office serves Tallahassee and the surrounding areas of North Florida and South Georgia.