Annuity Payments
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This section includes information about income derived from annuities purchased for a set period and paid out during retirement.
Annuity payments received by the participant are countable. The payments may be received annually, quarterly, monthly or more frequently.
Countable income is used to determine an income budget. (See Income Budgeting to see how FAA determines the income budget.) FAA needs to know about income that is both countable and not countable to determine whether a budgetary unit’s expenses are exceeding their income. (See Income Eligibility for more information about how FAA uses countable and not countable income.)
An annuity is an investment option that can provide a guaranteed income for a person or their spouse throughout their retirement. They are purchased for a set period and payout a specific amount in retirement based on the investment strategy and amount invested.
The contract is between the participant and an insurance company that requires the insurer to make payments to the participant, either immediately or in the future.
The participant has the primary responsibility for providing verification. (See Participant Responsibilities – Providing Verification for additional policy.)
For NA, all of the following income is required to be verified before eligibility is determined:
Reported on a new application, during the interview of a new application, or changes reported before the eligibility determination of a new application.
Changes after an eligibility determination of a new application (e.g., a renewal application, mid approval contact, etc.) and any of the following apply:
The source of the income has changed.
The income is questionable(g) or unclear(g).
The reported income amount has changed by $51 or more.
The previous verification in the case file is more than 59 calendar days old.
For CA, all income is required to be verified before determining eligibility.
Examples of verification that can be used for Annuities include, and are not limited to, any of the following:
Assistance payments records
Benefit award letters from SSA, Statement of Earnings VA, and other agencies
Bank records
Current check reflecting gross income
Federal or state tax forms
Insurance policies
Insurance contracts
Signed statement from the agency or payer providing the income
Legal Authorities
7 CFR 273.9(c)(19)
7 CFR 273.9(c)(19)(vii)
7 CFR 273.9(b)(2)(ii)
last revised 10/02/2023