Marriage Penalty for SSI Recipients

A recent article in the Columbus Dispatch, and reprinted in the Akron Beacon Journal, discusses the “marriage penalty” for some disabled individuals.  The penalty only applies to those couples where one person is receiving Supplemental Security Income “SSI” benefits.

If you live together, you are usually considered to be roommates.  Both of you can usually continue to receive benefits.  If, however, you are married, your combined benefit can only be $1,100.

Read the article linked below and let me know if you think this is fair.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/07/24/engaged-disabled-couple-would-lose-part-of-government-benefits-if-they-wed.html

4 thoughts on “Marriage Penalty for SSI Recipients”

  1. I was t to marry my fiance but I can’t because we both get SSI and have trouble affording our home and bills. If we lost a chunck of our SSI we would loose everything. How can social security allow this? Will the penalty ever change?

    1. James,
      Please call us at (330) 762-6474 to discuss this with one of our attorneys. We understand how frustrating and confusing this situation can be!

  2. My husband and I got married in July 2015. We was making more before we got married. 1 month after we got married, we started receiving $74.50 in SSI. It’s tough making ends meet. Is there something that can be done about this? We live in Tennessee.

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