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INCOME FROM INELIGIBLE PARENTS

ISSUE DATE: 10/2015

MFIP, DWP:
Deem part of the non-excluded income of ineligible parents and stepparents living in the household of minor children. See 0017.06 (Excluded Income). Parents and stepparents may be ineligible due to citizenship status. See 0011.03 (Citizenship and Immigration Status). Do not deem income of SSI parents who are not eligible for MFIP. For MFIP only, see 0016.03 (Income From Disqualified Unit Members), 0016.18 (Income of Inel. Parent/Guard. of Minor Crgvr) for parents who are ineligible due to disqualification. For DWP only, see 0016.03 (Income From Disqualified Unit Members).

For sponsors of immigrants, see 0016.21 (Income of Sponsors of Immigrants With I-134), 0016.21.03 (Income of Sponsors of LPRs With I-864).

For caregivers who are away from home on military duty, see 0017.15.93 (Military Income) for information on how to treat their income.


Use the procedures below to determine how much of the ineligible parent's or stepparent's income to deem.

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 ineligible person actually paid to people not living in the same household but whom the ineligible person claims or could claim as a dependent for federal income taxes. Do not count any dependents who are members of the assistance unit.

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 ineligible person since the court order was entered, the ineligible 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 the ineligible parent or stepparent and other members not included in the unit who could be claimed by the ineligible parent or stepparent as dependents for determining federal personal tax liability. 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 persons who are members of the assistance unit.

6.

Deem the person's remaining income as unearned income to the unit. For MFIP only, if the ineligible parent or stepparent is the only person with earned income, the unit is NOT entitled to the Family Wage Level. There is no Family Wage Level in the DWP standards.



SNAP:

See 0016.03 (Income From Disqualified Unit Members), 0016.33 (Income of Ineligible Non-Citizens), 0016.36 (Income of Ineligible Students).

For information on how to count the income of caregivers who are out of the home on military duty, see 0016 (Income From People Not in the Unit), 0017.15.93 (Military Income), TEMP Manual TE02.10.86 (No Marital/Relationship Breakdown Workaround), TE02.10.90 (Military Families Receiving FS, MFIP or DWP).


MSA:

Do not consider the income of parents of blind children when the children are eligible for a personal needs allowance under the provisions of 0020.24 (Personal Needs Allowance).

In all other cases, when a parent who is not eligible for MSA lives with the parent's minor child who is a client, determine whether you must consider part of the parent's income available to the child. To determine the amount:

1.

Determine the gross income of the ineligible parent(s). Do not count any income from a parent receiving cash assistance or SSI. See 0017 (Determining Gross Income).

2.

Deduct an allocation for each of the parent's ineligible children living in the home. Use the difference between the SSI Federal Benefit Rate (FBR) for an individual and the FBR for a couple. See 0029.06.03 (Supplemental Security Income Program) for the current rates. Reduce the allocation for each child by the amount of the child's own income. Do not allow an allocation for children on MFIP.

3.

Allow a $20 standard disregard from any remaining unearned income. If the remaining unearned income is less than $20, deduct the remainder of the $20 disregard from the parent's earned income.

4.

Deduct $65 and ½ the remainder of the parents' earned income.

5.

Combine the parents' remaining earned and unearned income.

6.

Deduct an amount for the parents' needs. Allow the couple FBR if both parents or a parent and spouse live in the home. Allow the individual FBR for a parent with no spouse in the home. Allow no deduction for a parent who receives cash assistance or SSI.

7.

Divide the income remaining from Step 6 by the number of MSA-eligible children in the home. Add this amount to each eligible child's net income.



GA:

No provisions. See 0016.12 (Income From Parents of Adult GA Children).


GRH:

No provisions.

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