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SSI Federal Payment Amounts

Automatic Increases

SSI Annual Report

SSI payment standards, 1975 & later

Maximum Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment amounts increase with the automatic cost-of-living increases that apply to Social Security benefits. The latest such increase, 2.3 percent, becomes effective January 2008.

SSI amounts for 2008
The monthly maximum Federal amounts for 2008 are $637 for an eligible individual, $956 for an eligible individual with an eligible spouse, and $319 for an essential person.

In general, monthly amounts for the next year are determined by increasing the unrounded annual amounts for the current year by the COLA effective for January of the next year. The new unrounded amounts are then each divided by 12 and the resulting amounts are rounded down to the next lower multiple of $1.

Calculation details
Recipient(s) Unrounded annual amounts for— Monthly amounts for 2008
20072008 a
Eligible individual $7,479.50$7,651.53 $637
Eligible couple 11,217.9911,476.00 956
Essential person 3,748.323,834.53 319
a The unrounded amounts for 2008 equal the unrounded amounts for 2007 increased by 2.3 percent.

Payment reduction
The monthly amount is reduced by subtracting monthly countable income. In the case of an eligible individual with an eligible spouse, the amount payable is further divided equally between the two spouses. Some States supplement SSI benefits. Portal to U.S. government agencies Privacy Policy  | Website Policies & Other Important Information  | Site Map
Last reviewed or modified Wednesday Aug 13, 2008
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