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UNEARNED INCOME

ISSUE DATE: 09/2018

Unearned income is income a client receives without being required to perform any labor or service as a condition of receiving the income. See 0017 (Determining Gross Income), 0017.06 (Excluded Income), 0017.12 (Determining if Income Is Earned or Unearned), 0017.15.84 (Contracts for Deed as Income).


Unearned income includes:

Interest and dividends from investments and savings.

Capital gains as defined by the Internal Revenue Service from any sale of real property.

Proceeds from rent and contract for deed payments in excess of the principal and interest portion owed on property.

Income from trusts, excluding special needs and supplemental needs trusts.

Interest income from loans made by the participant or household.

Cash prizes and winnings.

Unemployment insurance income.

Worker's Compensation.

Retirement, survivors, and disability insurance payments. See 00.17.15.45 (Income From RSDI and SSI).

Retirement benefits, including railroad retirement benefits.

Disability benefits, including veterans disability benefits and workers compensation.

Tribal per capita payments unless excluded by federal and state law. See 0017.15.09 (Income From Tribal Payments).

Child and spousal support income. See 0017.15.03 (Child and Spousal Support Income).


Other types of income may be treated differently for each program. See 0017.15 (Specific Types of Income).


MFIP, DWP:

For MFIP only: For when to count a HUD housing subsidy as unearned income, see 0017.15.99 (Housing Subsidy).

For how to count military income, see 0017.15.93 (Military Income).

Count GA. RCA and cash benefits already issued. See 0011.21 (Receipt of Other Assistance).

Count nonrecurring income over $60 per calendar quarter unless earmarked and used for the purpose for which it is intended. See 0017.01 (Non-Recurring Income).


SNAP:

COUNT as unearned income the military pay the family of a military person receives when that military person is out of the home on military duty. EXCLUDE combat or hazard duty pay received as a result of deployment to a combat zone. See 0017.06 (Excluded Income), 0017.15.93 (Military Income).

COUNT the gross amount of gambling winnings. Do not offset winnings with losses. See GAMBLING WINNINGS in 0002.27 (Glossary: FSET...).

COUNT royalties and honoraria, unless they fit the definition of earned income. See EARNED INCOME in 0002.19 (Glossary: Early...). Also see 0017.12.06 (Earned Income).

MSA, GA, GRH:

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is unearned income.

Count MFIP, DWP, RCA and cash benefits already issued. See 0011.21 (Receipt of Other Assistance).

Count nonrecurring income over $60 per calendar quarter unless earmarked and used for the purpose for which it is intended. See 0017.01 (Non-Recurring Income).

For how to count military income, see 0017.15.93 (Military Income).

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