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INCOME FROM DISQUALIFIED UNIT MEMBERS

ISSUE DATE: 10/2015

MFIP:
A disqualified person includes a person who:

Has been convicted of fraud (including Administrative Disqualification Hearing).

Has failed to cooperate with SSN requirements.

Is a fleeing felon.

Is a parole violator.

Has a fraud conviction due to residency.

Is removed from a 2-parent family reaching the 60-month limit due to not meeting criteria for an extension or being out of compliance with Employment Services requirements. See 0011.33.02 (MFIP Hardship Extensions - Removing 1 Parent).

Has been found guilty of purchasing tobacco or alcohol with an EBT card.


If the disqualified person is an OPTIONAL caregiver, do not count any of the person's income.


Use the procedure below for MANDATORY unit members to determine how much of the disqualified person's income to deem. See 0014.03 (Determining the Assistance Unit), 0014.03.03 (Determining the Cash Assistance Unit).

1.

Determine the person's gross income. See 0017 (Determining Gross Income).

2.

Disregard the 1st $65 of earned income per wage earner plus half of the remaining earned income.

3.

Deduct amounts the disqualified person actually paid to people not living in the same household but whom the disqualified person claims or could claim as a dependent for federal income taxes.

4.

Deduct child support, spousal support, child care support, or medical support paid, provided that if there has been a change in the financial circumstances of the disqualified person since the court order was entered, the disqualified person has petitioned for a modification of the support order. Follow the provisions of 0018.33 (Child and Spousal Support Deductions).

5.

Deduct an allocation for the needs of other people living in the same household, but not included in the assistance unit. Do not allow an allocation for the disqualified member. See 0018.30 (Allocations) for who is eligible for an allocation and how to determine the amount. Use the Transitional Standard for a unit of the same size, excluding any dependents or other people who are members of the assistance unit.

6.

Deem the person's remaining income as unearned income to the unit.


If a disqualified member is the only unit member with earned income, the unit is NOT entitled to the Family Wage Level. See 0016.15 (Income From Ineligible Parents).


DWP:

Follow MFIP, EXCEPT when a disqualified person is convicted of fraud or misuse of an EBT card (including Administrative Disqualification Hearing) or failure to cooperate with Child Support Enforcement Services (CSES), the entire household is not eligible for DWP.


SNAP:

Apply the following process for the types of disqualified unit members listed below:

MANDATORY UNIT MEMBER DISQUALIFIED FOR FRAUD, NON-COMPLIANCE WITH A WORK REQUIREMENT, DRUG FELONY, PAROLE VIOLATION, OR FLEEING FELON


To determine the amount of income to count as available to the unit from a mandatory unit member disqualified for fraud, non-compliance with a work requirement, drug felony, parole violation, or fleeing felon disqualification, treat the income as if the disqualified member were still in the unit and allow all applicable disregards and deductions.


MANDATORY UNIT MEMBER DISQUALIFIED FOR REFUSAL TO APPLY FOR A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER


Count all but a pro rata share of the disqualified member’s income toward the unit. The pro rata share must be calculated separately for earned and unearned income using the following steps:

1.

Determine the disqualified member’s gross income. See 0017 (Determining Gross Income).

2.

Divide the income from Step 1 by the number of unit members. The result is each member’s pro rata share of the disqualified member’s income.

3.

Multiply the result in Step 2 by the number of eligible unit members to determine the pro rata share of the disqualified member’s income that is added to the unit’s other earned and/or unearned income.


For information on allowable deductions billed to or paid by a mandatory unit member disqualified for refusal to apply for a social security number, see 0018 (Determining Net Income).

See 0010.18.03 (Verifying Social Security Numbers).


MSA, GRH:

No provisions.


GA:

To determine the amount of a disqualified MANDATORY unit member's income to count as available to the unit:

1.

Determine the person's gross income.

2.

Determine the person's net income. Apply the following deductions and disregards in the order listed:

0018.18 (Earned Income Disregards).

0018.09 (Dependent Care Deduction).

Do NOT subtract an allowance for the disqualified mandatory unit member's unmet needs. Do NOT allocate from the disqualified mandatory unit member's income to people outside the unit.

3.

Count the resulting amount as unearned income to the unit for payment eligibility tests and benefit calculation.

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