Are SSI Benefits Taxable?

by admin on August 15, 2017

If you receive Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI) from Social Security because of a disability or your age these benefits are not taxable by the IRS.

SSI benefits are intended to help pay for your food, clothing, and shelter and are not subject to Federal income tax. Because of this Social Security does not report what you receive from SSI to the IRS, or send you a 1099 at the end of the year.

Some assistance programs require a print out of your benefit amounts for the prior year. For these cases Social Security can prepare a special benefit letter for you with the payment amounts you received each month of the previous year. Social Security representatives refer to this document as an “SSI 1099″ even though it is not reported to IRS and you must call Social Security to request one. You can contact Social Security to request this letter at 1-800-772-1213.

Because SSI benefits are not taxable by the IRS, you will not pay State income taxes on this money either.


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