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Are Supplemental Security Income counted as income by the VA?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are not considered countable income for VA pension purposes. However, other Social Security benefits are counted by the VA.

All Social Security benefits reported by VA claimants are matched with the figures recorded by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for verification. If there is more than a five dollar discrepancy, the VA will (1) continue with payments; (2) write to claimant and inquire about the discrepancy; (3) request confirmation form the SSA. If the claimant fails to respond and the SSA confirms the discrepancy, the VA will adjust, retroactively, the claimant’s VA benefit’s payment.

Beware, the Medicare Part D payment, if this is deducted from your Social Security income, you must report the full value of the Social Security income, and deduct the the payment to Medicare as a medical expense.

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