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DETERMINING GROSS INCOME

ISSUE DATE: 10/2016

MFIP, DWP, GA:
Gross income is counted earned and unearned income available to the client during the budget month. See 0019 (Gross Income Test), 0022 (Budgeting and Benefit Determination). Only count the income types listed in 0017.12.03 (Unearned Income), 0017.12.06 (Earned Income).

Look at all sources of income to determine a client's gross income. This includes looking at income of people who must contribute to the client. See 0016 (Income From People Not in the Unit).

Assess whether income is available to the client. See 0017.03 (Available or Unavailable Income). Assess income for all possible exclusions. See 0017.15 (Specific Types of Income).

From counted income, determine which income is earned and which is unearned. Calculate gross earned and unearned monthly income. See 0017.09 (Converting Income to Monthly Amounts), 0017.12 (Determining if Income Is Earned or Unearned).

The result of this process is the client's gross earned and gross unearned income. Use the total of this amount for programs which require a gross income test. See 0019 (Gross Income Test).

Apply disregards and deductions to the client's gross income to arrive at net income. See 0018 (Determining Net Income).

Determining gross earned income from self-employment may differ from determining other gross income. See 0017.15.33 (Self-Employment Income).

See 0010.06 (Sources of Verification - Documents) for when to use signed personal statements as verification.


SNAP:

Gross income is non-excluded earned and unearned income available to the client during the budget month. See 0019 (Gross Income Test), 0022 (Budgeting and Benefit Determination).

Look at all sources of income to determine a client's gross income. This includes looking at income of people who must contribute to the client. See 0016 (Income From People Not in the Unit).

Assess whether income is available to the client. See 0017.03 (Available or Unavailable Income). Do not count excluded income as available income. Assess income for all possible exclusions. See 0017.06 (Excluded Income), 0017.15 (Specific Types of Income).

From non-excluded income, determine which income is earned and which is unearned. Calculate gross earned and unearned monthly income. See 0017.09 (Converting Income to Monthly Amounts), 0017.12 (Determining if Income Is Earned or Unearned).

The result of this process is the client's gross earned and gross unearned income. See 0019 (Gross Income Test).

Apply disregards and deductions to the client's gross income to arrive at net income. See 0018 (Determining Net Income).

Determining gross earned income from self-employment may differ from determining other gross income. See 0017.15.33 (Self-Employment Income).

See 0010.06 (Sources of Verification - Documents) for when to use verbal statements as verification.


MSA:

For current SSI recipients, count the full amount of their SSI Federal Benefit Rate as gross unearned income, even if their actual SSI check is less. See 0029.06.03 (Supplemental Security Income Program).

For people who are not current SSI recipients, follow GA.

See 0010.06 (Sources of Verification - Documents) for when to use signed personal statements as verification.


GRH:

Follow MSA for aged, blind, or disabled clients. Follow GA for all other adults.

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