A common question I often get in my inbox is how to report Supplemental security income benefits received from the Social Security Administration. One reader asked,
"Hi, I am trying to figure out if/ how to report SSI income for a disabled CHILD on our taxes... The SSA said I 'must' report it, the tax people said that since it is for a dependent, we do not need to. I can only find forms to report it for the filers though. Can I just list it in the 'other income' section? (I would rather mess up by giving them too much money rather than owe them later!!!!)"SSI benefits are completely non-taxable, and don't need to be reported on a tax return. This makes SSI benefits unlike Social Security benefits, which are sometimes partially taxable and other times completely non-taxable. In Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities, the IRS explains, "Social security benefits do not include SSI payments, which are not taxable. Do not include these payments in your income."