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COUNTING LUMP SUMS AS INCOME

ISSUE DATE: 12/2014

See 0022.15.06 (Budgeting Lump Sums in a Retrospective Month), 00022.15.03 (Budgeting Lump Sums in a Prospective Month) for budgeting lump sum income.


MFIP, GA:

A lump sum is income in the month of receipt. See 0015.60 (Evaluation of Lump Sums), 0017.15.30 (Lump Sum Income).


DWP:

Follow MFIP. After the initial DWP determination, exclude any unanticipated income the unit may receive.


SNAP:

Treat lump sums as assets, not income. See 0013.06 (SNAP Categorical Eligibility/Ineligibility), 0015.60 (Evaluation of Lump Sums), 0017.15.30 (Lump Sum Income), 0017.15.45 (Income From RSDI and SSI).


MSA:

For lump sums covered under interim assistance agreements, or for lump sums not covered under an interim assistance agreement but the client repays the interim assistance voluntarily, see 0012.12.03 (Interim Assistance Agreements).

Count other lump sums as earned or unearned income in the month received. See 0015.60 (Evaluation of Lump Sums), 0017.15.30 (Lump Sum Income), 0017.15.45 (Income From RSDI and SSI).

For information on how lump sum payments are treated as assets, see 0015.60 (Evaluation of Lump Sums).

If the client documents that the lump sum income is already spent, budget 0 income, but cite an overpayment in the month the lump sum was received. See 0025 (Benefit Adjustments and Recovery).


GRH:

Follow MSA EXCEPT that for the month the client enters into a GRH setting, you count only income actually available upon entering the setting.

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