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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Wife Is Disabled and Receives SSI

(Posted August 21, 2013)

Question 1047: My wife is disabled and receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Social Security Administration is cutting back her SSI benefits because of my Railroad Retirement Annuity. Can they do this?

Answer: In order to receive SSI, there is an income and assets test. Married beneficiaries must include a portion of their spouse's income in determining their income for SSI purposes.


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Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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