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Income - Treatment of Income Chart


Revised November 19, 2014



Purpose:

NOTE: A blank box means that no information is available at this time.   

Income Type

Cash Assistance

Basic Food

SSI-Related Medical

Adoption Support *

Excluded

Unearned

Excluded

Adult family home

See WAC 388-450-0080

Advance on wages (draws)

Earned

Agent Orange Act of 1991 

Excluded

Unearned - Monthly payments

Lump sum - See LUMP SUM PAYMENTS

Agent Orange disability payments, PL 101-201

Excluded

Alaska Permanent Fund distributions

Unearned

Alimony or spousal maintenance

Excluded - When client receives TANF/SFA and payment is included with child support order

Unearned - All other payments

Unearned

AmeriCorps income

Excluded See WAC388-450-0045

AmeriCorps VISTA or Vista income

(NOTE: This is not the same as AmeriCorps only - See above)

Excluded

Excluded: If the VISTA volunteer received Basic Food or cash benefits when they joined the VISTA program,

Earned: If the person was a VISTA volunteer when they applied for benefits.

See WAC 388-450-0045

Excluded

Annuity

Unearned

Assistance from other agencies and organizations

See WAC 388-450-0055

Austrian General Social Insurance Act payments under section 500 through 506

Excluded

Unearned - Interest received on these payments

Income Type

Cash Assistance

Basic Food

SSI-Related Medical

Back child support

See Child Support in this table.

Blood or plasma sales

See WAC 388-450-0080

Bona fide loans: *

Excluded

Bonus

Earned - When received as an employee

Unearned - When received on an ongoing basis after employment has terminated

See LUMP SUM PAYMENTS - When received as one-time-payment after employment has terminated 

Earned - Incentive bonus based on employee performance -

Unearned - All other bonus

Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance *

Unearned

Burial fund increase

Excluded - See RESOURCES

Excluded

Income Type

Cash Assistance

Basic Food

SSI-Related Medical

Cash benefits reduced as a result of sanction or non-cooperation

N/A

Unearned

Cash payments from government, public, or private medical or social service agency

See specific income type

Excluded

Cash prizes, awards. lottery winnings

See LUMP SUM PAYMENTS

Unearned

CEAP

N/A

Excluded

CEAP - For TANF/SFA households terminated while in WorkFirst sanction within the last six months.
(NCS termination) *

Unearned - TANF/SFA

Excluded

Census Bureau wages:

  • Earnings from temporary work for the 2010 census
  • Earnings from permanent census employment

 

Excluded

 

 

Earned Income

 

Excluded

 

 

Earned Income

 

Excluded

 

 

Earned Income

Charitable cash donations* 

See WAC 388-450-0055

Child support received by   the client

Child support matrix

 

 Excluded - TANF/SFA recipients

Unearned - Non-TANF/SFA

Unearned

Unearned - TANF/SFA applicant that received payment before benefits are opened

Unearned - SSI child (regardless of TANF/SFA status)

Unearned - Tribal TANF child support pass-through payment

 

 

Child support (legally obligated) paid by the client

Disregarded - See INCOME - Allocation and Deeming

Amount paid by client is excluded as income - See WAC 388-450-0015

Civil liberties payments, PL 100-383. Restitution payments made under the Wartime Relocation of Civilian's Act

Excluded

COLA increases in Title II SSA beneficial

Unearned

Excluded

Combat Veteran Program Funds

Excluded

Combat Pay *Special Pay while serving in a combat zone.

Excluded

Increased amount paid to assistance unit while service member is deployed to a combat zone.

Court Ordered Payments other than Child Support *

Lump-Sum Payment

Amount paid as a one-time payment

Unearned

Amount paid in multiple (more than one) payments

Crime Victims Compensation Funds funded under PL 103-322 (Whether ran by state or federal program.)

Excluded

Crime Victims Compensation (State-funded benefit through L&I)

Unearned - Amount paid to replace lost wages

Reimbursement* - See Reimbursements in this table

Income Type

Cash Assistance

Basic Food

SSI-Related Medical

Deemed income from an alien's sponsor

Unearned - See WAC 388-450-0155, WAC 388-450-0156 and WAC 388-450-0160

Disaster assistance to farmers when authorized under the Secretary of Agriculture under PL 100-387

Excluded

Disaster relief & emergency assistance under PL 93-288, amended by PL 100-707 *

Excluded

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

Excluded

Diversion Cash Assistance (DCA)

N/A

Excluded - See LUMP SUM PAYMENTS

Dividends or Interest *

Unearned

Drug (illicit) sales

Earned - Minus self-employment expenses

Income Type

Cash Assistance 

Basic Food

SSI-Related Medical

Earned income of a child

See WAC 388-450-0070

Earned income incentives and disregards for cash assistance

See WAC 388-450-0170 TANF/SFA earned income incentive and deduction

NA Food Assistance

Earned Income In-Kind * (working in exchange for rent, vehicle, TV)

Earned

Excluded

Earned - If available income was diverted to in-kind income

Earned

Earned Income of an ineligible or non-applying person under 21 years of age, when this person is a student

N/A

Earned - If the person is included in the AU or their income must be budgeted against the assistance

Excluded

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)*

Excluded - See RESOURCES

Economic Opportunity Act

Earned

Educational Assistance - Opportunity Grants

Excluded

Educational benefits 

See WAC 388-450-0035

Egg or sperm donation

See WAC 388-450-0080

Emergency Additional Requirement Payments authorized to TANF/SFA and RCA clients

N/A

Excluded - When paid to a Third Party

Unearned - When paid directly to the client

Employment or training programs income

See WAC 388-450-0045

Energy assistance payments (LIHEAP)

Excluded

Income Type

Cash Assistance

Basic Food

SSI-Related Medical

Fellowships with work requirements

Earned

First $20 per month of a client's earned or unearned income

N/A

Excluded

First $65 per month of a client's earned income, plus one-half of remainder

N/A

Excluded

Flexible benefits *

Earned. - When client has option to cash out.  (Count the amount client can receive as cash whether or not they choose to receive the benefit in cash.)  See INCOME - Ownership and Availability

Food benefits under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (includes tribal commodities)

Excluded

N/A

Persons cannot receive Basic Food and commodities through the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) at the same time.

Excluded

Food Service Program for Children under the National School Lunch Act of 1966, PL 92-433 and 93-150

Excluded

Foster Care maintenance payments *

Excluded

Unearned - When child is in AU

Excluded - When child is not in AU

Foster care retainer fees

Earned

Unearned

Earned

Foster Grandparents Program under Title II of P.L. 93-113

Excluded

Funds for shared household costs *

Excluded

Income Type

Cash Assistance

Basic Food

SSI-Related Medical

Gambling winnings

Unearned

Gate money from adult corrections

Unearned

Excluded - See LUMP SUM PAYMENTS

Gift Cards

Excluded

Gifts

See WAC 388-450-0065

Gifts to Children with life-threatening conditions, PL 105-306

N/A

Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) funds

Excluded

HUD Community Development block grant funds

Excluded

HUD rental and/or utility subsidies under Section 8 of the housing act

Excluded

Income Type

Cash Assistance

Basic Food

SSI-Related Medical

Income a client's ineligible or non-applying spouse receives from a government agency (such as CHORE services)

See specific income type

Excluded

Income specifically excluded from being counted as income under federal law 

Excluded

Income Tax refund

Excluded

Income used for the cost of producing self-employment income

See WAC 388-450-0080

Income which causes a client to lose SSI eligibility due solely to the reduction in the state supplement (SSP ) *

See specific income type

Excluded

Individual & Family Grant Program payments

N/A

Excluded

Infrequent or irregular income* 

Excluded - Up to $30 per quarter

Excluded - Up to $30 per quarter

Unearned - Entire amount if greater than $30.

Excluded - Up to $10 earned per quarter

Excluded - Up to $20 unearned per quarter

Insurance settlements 

Excluded - See LUMP SUM PAYMENTS

Interest received on repayments made to the client

Unearned

Investment income

Unearned

Income Type

Cash Assistance

Basic Food

SSI-Related Medical

Job Corps income (under WIA)

See WAC 388-450-0045

Joint bank accounts *

Unearned - If client withdraws more than their share of the money

JTPA Income

See WAC 388-450-0045

Jury duty income

Excluded

Excluded - Reimbursement

Earned - Daily pay over a period of time

One-Time-Payment - See Infrequent or irregular income in this chart

Unearned

Life estate income

Unearned

Loan repayments made to clients (principal only)

Excluded

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act (LIHEAA) under P.L. 99-425

Excluded

Lump Sum Payments

See WAC 388-455-0015  

Excluded

Unearned - If a cash gift, See WAC 388-450-0065   Gifts - Cash and noncash

Income Type

Cash Assistance

Basic Food

SSI-Related Medical

Maternity leave pay (client still employed)

Earned

Meals

Disregarded - When provided by employer at no charge

Earned - When deducted from paycheck by employer

Earned - When received in lieu of wages

Military pay *

Earned

Money excluded by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in a Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS) Under PL 102-237

Excluded

Money received for an absent or non household member

Excluded

Unearned - Any portion retained by the AU

Money withheld for repayment *

Excluded

Unearned - For intentional non-compliance with federal or state means-tested program overpayments

Excluded - All other overpayments

Montgomery G I Bill

See  WAC 388-450-0035 #5.

Monthly allowances paid to children of Vietnam Veterans who are born with birth defects, PL 106-419,  PL 104-204

Excluded

Native American benefits & payments

See WAC 388-450-0040

Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) benefits from Puerto Rico, American Samoa, or Northern Mariana Islands

Excluded

Excluded

Excluded

Income Type

Cash Assistance

Basic Food

SSI-Related Medical

Ongoing Additional Requirements *

Excluded

Excluded - Amount for service animal food

Unearned - All other ongoing additional requirements

On-the-job training wages

See WAC 388-450-0045

Opportunity Grants

Excluded

Panhandling

Unearned

PASS income is money excluded by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in a Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS) Under PL 102-237

Excluded

Payments under the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 P.L. 89-642

Excluded

Payments form the Dutch Government, under the Netherlands ' Act on Benefits for Victims of Persecution (WUV)

Excluded

Excluded

Unearned - Interest earned on these payments

Payments under the Federal Republic of Germany 's Law for Compensation of National Socialist Persecution or German Restitution Act

Excluded

Excluded

Unearned - Interest earned on these payments

Payments Under the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund

(Division A, Title X, Section 1002 of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ARRA)

Excluded

Payments to persons age 55 and older under the Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP) under Title V of the Older Americans Act of 1987.

Excluded

Earned income if paid as a wage or salary

Excluded if reimbursement of expenses or payment for services such as education, clothing or transportation.

Pensions

Unearned

Prostitution

Earned - Minus self-employment expenses

Public assistance (including tribal TANF)

Unearned

Income Type

Cash Assistance

Basic Food

SSI-Related Medical

Radiation exposure compensation, under PL 101-426 and PL 106-398 Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act (EEOICA) 2000.

Excluded

Railroad Retirement Benefits (RRB)

Unearned

Real estate / mortgage sales and contracts *

Contract - See RESOURCES

Unearned - Payments from contract

Unearned

Re-Employ Washington Workers (RWW) cash incentive

N/A

Unearned

N/A

Refund by any public agency of taxes paid on real property or on food

 N/A

Excluded

Reimbursements

Excluded

Unearned - Amounts in Excess of expenses

Earned - Amounts in Excess of expenses when paid by employer

Excluded

Unearned - Amounts that cover normal living expenses

Rental or lease property income

SeeWAC 388-450-0080

Representative payee fees

N/A

Excluded - When set up by SSA for SSI / SSDI recipients

  • Must not exceed the lesser of 10% of the monthly payment or $33.
  • Alcohol or drug payee fees must not exceed the lesser of 10% or $64.

SSA periodically adjusts the fees that a payee may charge for persons who receive SSI or SSD

Unearned - For all others

Excluded

Residuals

Earned

Retirement

Unearned

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) under Title II of P.L. 93-113

Excluded

Retroactive benefits (SSA, SSI, PA, UC, and VA)

Excluded - See LUMP SUM PAYMENTS  

Excluded

Retroactive WCCC payments 

Excluded

Excluded - See RESOURCES

Reverse mortgage

Excluded

Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act of 1998

Unearned

Excluded

Unearned - Interest earned on these payments

Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act of 1998

Room and board income *

See WAC 388-450-0080

Royalties

Unearned

Earned

Income Type

Cash Assistance

Basic Food

SSI-Related Medical

Savings bond interest

Unearned

Securities income

Unearned

Security deposit refunds

Excluded

See RESOURCES

Disregarded

Self-employment income

See WAC 388-450-0080 and WAC 388-450-0085

Self-employment income normally allowed as an income deductions by the IRS

Excluded

Senior Companion Program under Title II of P.L. 93-113

  Excluded

Settlements

See LUMP SUM PAYMENTS

Shared leave

Earned

Sick leave pay (client still employed)

Earned

SSDI

Unearned

SSI

Excluded

Unearned

SSI-related client's income to meet the needs of ineligible minor child

See specific income type

Excluded

SSI Income or State Supplement Payment (SSP) 

Excluded

Unearned

Excluded

Strike benefits

Unearned

Strike benefits for picket duty

Earned

Unearned

Student loans

See WAC 388-450-0035

Summer youth employment or training programs

Earned

Excluded

Support payment on behalf of a household member (paid directly to a third party)

See Vendor Payment in Worker Responsibilities

Excluded

Surrogate mother services

Earned - Minus self-employment expenses

Earned - Minus self-employment expenses and amounts that are a reimbursement for expenses.

Susan Walker v. Bayer Corporation, settlement funds

N/A

Unearned - Monthly Payment

Lump Sum - See LUMP SUM PAYMENTS

Excluded

Unearned - Interest earned on these payments

Income Type

Cash Assistance

Basic Food

SSI-Related Medical

Tax rebates or special payments excluded under other laws

Excluded

Time loss compensation

Unearned See WAC 388-450-0010

Tips

Earned

Unearned - Under $20

Earned - Over $20

Title I, II, III of the Domestic Volunteer Act of 1973, PL 93-113 - Including VISTA

See WAC 388-450-0045

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Earned

Title I of the National & Community Service Act of 1993 (NCSA) (includes AmeriCorps Programs & Higher Education Service - Learning Program)

See WAC 388-450-0045

Training allowances for GA-U clients

See WAC 388-450-0045

Training allowances from vocational and rehabilitation programs

See WAC 388-450-0045

Travel advances

Earned - If a contract exists

Earned - Minus expenses if no contract exists

Unearned income in-kind (supplied)

Excluded

Unearned

Unemployment Compensation (UC) - before deductions

Unearned*

*Note: Federal UC stimulus payments made under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 are disregarded when computing benefits for all programs.

Uniform Relocation Assistance & Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, PL 94-646, section 218*

Excluded

Income Type

Cash Assistance

Basic Food

SSI-Related Medical

Vacation pay

Earned

Earned - If still employed

If employment terminated:

Excluded - Lump sum

Unearned - More than one payment

Vendor payments *

Excluded

Veteran Administration benefits (service connected compensation or improved pension)

Unearned

Unearned

 

Veteran's benefits designated for the veteran's dependent

Unearned

Excluded to the individual

Countable income to the dependent/spouse

Veteran's benefits designated as aid and attendance or housebound allowance

Unearned

Excluded

Veteran's benefits designated as Unusual Medical Expenses (UME)

Unearned

Excluded

Victims of Nazi Persecution payments under P.L. 103-286

Excluded

VOLAG - One time payments

Excluded

VOLAG - Ongoing payments including Matching Grant Program

Unearned Counted as assistance from another agency or organization under WAC 388-450-0055.

Wages, salaries, commissions, profits

Earned

Witness pay

Excluded - See WAC 388-450-0055

Excluded  - Reimbursement

Earned  - Daily pay over a period of time

On-time-payment - See Infrequent or irregular income

Women, Infants & Children benefits (WIC)

Excluded

Work experience wages from Employment Security Department

See WAC 388-450-0045

WorkFirst Supportive Service payments

See WAC 388-450-0045

WorkForce Training Funds - Training Completion (TECA)

See WAC 388-450-0055

Unearned  - May be reduced by educational expenses

Work related expenses

N/A

Excluded - If impairment related

Work study

See WAC 388-450-0035

Modification Date: November 19, 2014