For recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), income includes:
- Earned income: Money received from wages, including from a sheltered workshop or work activity center, self-employment earnings, and some royalties and honoraria
- Unearned income: Money received from all other sources such as gifts, interest, Social Security benefits, Veterans benefits, and pensions. Unearned Income includes “in-kind income” such as free food, clothing, or shelter, and “deemed income” such as some of the income of a spouse, a parent, or the sponsor of an alien. Support and alimony, prizes and awards, private pensions and annuities, and tips under $20.00 per month area also considered unearned income.