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Welcome to Benefits Plus Online

Benefits Plus Online is the premier comprehensive, searchable online resource on over 80 different federal, state and local government benefit programs for social service professionals.

Written by experienced advocates, reviewed by legal experts, and updated regularly, Benefits Plus Online provides the information professionals need to better assist their clients access and maintain vital benefit programs and services.

Professionals will learn what the benefit is, who qualifies, how to apply, what documents are needed, as well as government contacts, valuable resources and helpful links on the Internet. All of these programs in one place plus access to valuable resources, and much more.

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If you are not a subscriber to Benefits Plus Online, you can explore it by clicking on any of the 9 different categories. Each category contains chapters related to that category topic. When you click on a chapter, you will be able to view the chapter's outline, as well as open the “Overview” section.

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COVID-19 Resources

In an effort to better equip social service providers who are serving the public to effectively navigate COVID-19 resources and changes to the public benefit/housing systems, we have created a COVID-19 category in our Benefits Plus Online resource manual. The information found in the COVID-19 category is available at no cost from the Community Service Society of New York, thus both subscribers and non-subscribers may access this information. However, only Benefits Plus Online subscribers have access to the entire Benefits Plus Online content.

Benefits Plus Online Updates

Originally published in January 2010 Benefits Plus Online is updated regularly throughout the calendar year as changes occur in a program's guidelines or procedures.

The chart below lists a few of the most recent updates; not all updates are listed below. To view all updates/changes since publication, go to an individual chapter (for example, Cash Assistance), click on a section (for example, Qualifying for Cash Assistance). Once there, click on "Show updates" in the upper right hand corner of the blue header to reveal the current year's updates, additions, revisions, and corrections, if any, that have been made to that section since publication.

To view updates in prior years, click on a selected year. In addition, experts in the subject area periodically review the individual chapters; this information is found under "Show updates" listed as "Expert Review Date".

Chapter Last Updated Change
Overview of COVID-19 Impact January 2023

Overview: Update Public Health Emergency date.

Social Security Retirement and Survivors Insurance January 2023

Returning to Work: Updated earnings limit for retires.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) January 2023

Description of Supplemental Security Income: Updated the SSI federal benefit amount.

Budgeting Income: Updated SSI benefit rates for living in the community and congregate care, earned income disregard for blind or disabled students, and presumed maximum value for 2023.

Returning to Work: Updated SSI benefit amounts and SGA amounts for 2023.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) January 2023

Description of Social Security Disability Insurance: Updated the earned income limit for dependents of SSDI beneficiaries who return to work.

Overview: Updated the amount of earnings Social Security taxes for purposes of insurance based benefits.

Returning to Work: Updated the levels for substantial gainful activity (SGA) and the amount of earnings that trigger a trial work period (TWP) for 2023.

Tax Credit Programs January 2023

Tax Credits for Low-Income Households: Updated EITC for 2022 tax season.

Other Tax Credits: Updated Adjusted Gross Income Guidelines.