Retirement and Pension Benefits
Information on this page refers to the Nutrition Assistance program Information on this page refers to the Cash Assistance program
This subject includes information about benefits paid to retired participants.
Retirement and pension benefit payments received from retirement accounts, plans, or funds are countable as unearned income.
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 income is exceeding their expenses. (See Income Eligibility for more information about how FAA uses countable and not countable income.)
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 retirement and pension benefits include, and are not limited to, any of the following:
Benefit award letters from SSA, Statement of Earnings VA, and other agencies
Bank records
Agency or payer providing the income
Current check reflecting gross income (Do not copy federal government checks)
Federal or state tax forms
Signed statement from the agency or payer providing the income
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last revised 10/02/2023