FAA4.I Earned Income (EAIN EAIC) : 06 Budgeting Earned Income - Overview
Budgeting Earned Income - Overview
(01/01/21 - 12/31/21)
The following apply to budgeting earned income:
Consider all income available to the budgetary unit when determining eligibility.
NOTE Do not consider the income of a nonparticipant available to the budgetary unit.
Budget countable gross income before deductions when determining eligibility for benefits.
NOTE When the gross income amount includes countable and not countable income, separate and budget the income types individually.
Budget the countable gross income before deductions for the following:
When the participant’s income is being reduced for fraud or Intentional Program Violation (IPV).
When checks or cash are lost or stolen.
NOTE When the lost or stolen items are replaced, do not count the replacement.
When an employee makes stock purchases from their employer, the employer may match some or all of their stock purchase. Any purchase for the employee by the employer is not countable as earned income. Budget the customer’s gross income minus the amount the employer paid.
When earned income is reduced to collect an overpayment from the same income source(g), budget the net income which is the gross income minus the overpayment amount. Document the case file(g) to support why the net income was budgeted. (See Example Budgeting Net Income Documentation).
Give special consideration to the income of a participant whose needs are not included in the budgetary unit.
When income of one or more participants(g) and a nonparticipant(g) are combined into one payment, identify each participant's share of income using the verification process.
When each participant's share of income cannot be identified through the verification process, complete the following:
Divide the gross income equally between the number of participants and nonparticipants for whom the income is intended.
Count the resulting amount as each participant's share of income.
Count income as received at the time it is made available to the participant.
Count income in the month for which it is intended rather than the month in which it is made available for reasons including, but not limited to, any of the following:
Income is paid directly to a financial institution and it is automatically deposited into the participant's account.
Income is held or delayed at the request of the participant, or the participant fails to obtain the income when it becomes available.
An extra check is received due to a change in pay dates, such as a third or fifth check issued early due to a holiday or weekend.
A change in pay dates or mailing cycles results in monthly or semi‑monthly pay being received in another month.
Key earned income on EAIC or SEEI.
Policy and procedures for budgeting income are outlined as follows: