WAC 388-450-0015

Effective March 2, 2011

WAC 388-450-0015 What types of income are not used when figuring out my benefits?

This section applies to cash assistance, children's, family, or pregnancy medical, and basic food benefits.

  1. There are some types of income we do not count to figure out if you can get benefits and the amount you can get. Some examples of income we do not count are:
    1. Bona fide loans as defined in WAC 388-470-0045, except certain student loans as specified under WAC 388-450-0035;
    2. Federal income tax refunds and earned income tax credit (EITC) payments for up to twelve months from the date receipt;
    3. Federal economic stimulus payments that are excluded for federal and federally-assisted state programs;
    4. Federal twenty-five dollar ($25) supplement weekly unemployment compensation payment authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009;
    5. Title IV-E and state foster care maintenance payments if you choose not to include the foster child in your assistance unit;
    6. Energy assistance payments;
    7. Educational assistance we do not count under WAC 388-450-0035;
    8. Native American benefits and payments we do not count under WAC 388-450-0040;
    9. Income from employment and training programs we do not count under WAC 388-450-0045;
    10. Money withheld from a benefit to repay an overpayment from the same income source. For Basic Food, we do not exclude money that is withheld because you were overpaid for purposely not meeting requirements of a federal, state, or local means tested program such as TANF/SFA, aged, bind, or disabled (ABD) cash assistance, pregnant women assistance (PWA), and SSI;
    11. Legally obligated child support payments received by someone who gets TANF/SFA benefits;
    12. One-time payments issued under the Department of State or Department of Justice Reception and Replacement Programs, such as Voluntary Agency (VOLAG) payments; and
    13. Payments we are directly told to exclude as income under state or federal law.
    14. For cash and Basic Food: Payments made to someone outside of the household for the benefits of the assistance unit using funds that are not owed to the household; 
    15. For Basic Food Only: The total monthly amount of all

      legally obligated current or back child support payments paid by

      the assistance unit to someone outside of the assistance unit for:

      (i) A person who is not in the assistance unit; or

      (ii) A person who is in the assistance unit to cover a period

      of time when they were not living with the member of the assistance

      unit responsible for paying the child support on their behalf.

    16. For medical assistance: Only the portion of income used to repay the cost of obtaining that income source.

  2. For children's, family, or pregnancy medical, we also do not count any insurance proceeds or other income you have recovered as a result of being a Holocaust survivor.

This is a reprint of the official rule as published by the Office of the Code Reviser. If there are previous versions of this rule, they can be found using the Legislative Search page.