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Combined Manual


ISSUE DATE: 12/2014
Revision #5

Income is infrequent or irregular if it is not possible to anticipate receiving it.

Cash given directly to the client by people or organizations whose income is considered available to the client, or who must make a relative contribution, is not infrequent, irregular income. Consider it part of the counted contribution. See 0016 (Income From People Not in the Unit), 0012.21 (Responsible Relatives Not in the Home).


Exclude non-recurring cash gifts of $30 or less, not to exceed $30 per participant per month.


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


Exclude $30 or less per unit per calendar quarter if it is too infrequent or irregular to be anticipated. This exclusion does not apply to Uncle Harry Food Support cases budgeted retrospectively.

Exclude up to $300 per calendar quarter in cash donations from private non-profit charitable organizations if they are based on the unit's need. This exclusion does NOT apply to resettlement grants issued to refugees by Minnesota Voluntary Agencies (VOLAGs). Resettlement grants are NOT considered infrequent or irregular income. For information on how to treat resettlement grants, see 0017.15.30 (Lump Sum Income).


For SSI recipients, no county action required.

For non-SSI recipients, infrequent income is income received only once during a calendar quarter from a single source.

Exclude irregular or infrequent unearned income that totals up to $20 a month. If the total exceeds $20, do not exclude any of it.

Exclude irregular or infrequent earned income if it totals up to $10 a month. If the total exceeds $10, do not exclude any of it.

Consider the exclusion against the combined total irregular or infrequent income of spouses or parents and children.


Count the following cash gifts or irregular income as unearned income:

Cash the unit receives on a regular basis.

Cash the unit receives from agencies or organizations if it is intended for food, clothing, shelter, utilities, household supplies, or personal care items.

The full cash gift when the cash is received from 1 source and exceeds $30 per unit member per calendar quarter.

The remainder of irregular cash gifts when the 1st $30 was excluded. Circumstances for exclusions are listed below.

Exclude the following cash gifts:

Irregular cash gifts totaling $30 or less per unit member per calendar quarter.

Up to $30 of irregular cash gifts totaling more than $30. This exclusion applies only if each gift is for $30 or less.

Exclude cash a non-unit member deposits into a unit member's personal bank account, if the deposit is specifically designated for a purpose other than meeting a unit member's needs. The unit must document each designated deposit and its expenditure. For information on income from shared living situations, see 0017.06 (Excluded Income).


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

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