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DETERMINING RCA GROSS INCOME

ISSUE DATE: 12/2016

Use counted income received or anticipated in the month of application to determine eligibility and benefit amount. Follow MFIP policy in determining counted income, see 0017.12.03 (Unearned Income), 0017.12.06 (Earned Income).

Do not count any cash received from Initial Refugee Resettlement Funds.

Do not count any payments vendor paid by local resettlement agencies to third parties from Initial Refugee Resettlement Funds.

Do not count any assets remaining in the applicant’s country of origin.

Do not consider a U.S.Tie’s income accessible to a refugee solely because the person is serving as a U.S.Tie. For information on US Ties, see 0002.71 (Glossary: Two Party...), 0030 (Refugee Assistance Programs).

Disregard the 1st $65 of earned income per wage earner plus half of the remaining earned income per wage earner in the assistance unit. Count the remaining amount toward the grant calculation.

Do not count income from VA benefits awarded from 12-1-01 to children of Vietnam veterans for a covered birth defect identified by the VA as associated with the service of these veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam from 2-28-61 through 5-7-75 and performed active military service.


INCOME OF AN INELIGIBLE SPOUSE


When an RCA applicant joins a spouse who has income and is ineligible for RCA and who has income, apply the following calculations:

Earned income:

1.

Determine the spouse’s gross earned income.

2.

Disregard the 1st $65 of earned income 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.

4.

Deduct an allocation of $187 for the spouse’s needs.

5.

Deem the remaining income as unearned income to the applicant.



Unearned income:

1.

Determine the spouse’s gross unearned income. (NOTE: do not count the SSI income of an ineligible spouse.)

2.

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.

3.

Deduct an allocation of $187 for the spouse’s needs.

4.

Deem the remaining income as unearned income to the applicant.


RCA units with earned income are subject to monthly reporting requirements. Follow MFIP policy in 0007.03 (Monthly Reporting – Cash.)

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