A CA Payment Standard Test
 
(01/01/19 –12/31/19)
To be eligible for CA or Tribal TANF, the budgetary unit must be prospectively eligible. The CA Payment Standard Test is conducted for all CA determinations.
 
The countable income minus CA Earned Income Deductions cannot exceed the amount of payment an eligible budgetary unit with no income would receive. This amount is 36% of the 1992 FPL, based on the A1 or A2 CA Payment Standard.
 
NOTE Cases identified as Pascua Yaqui (PY) Tribal TANF always use the A1 CA Payment Standard.
 
Due to budget constraints, Arizona reduces the amount of payment received by 20%.
 
EXCEPTION
Tribal TANF is not reduced by 20%.
 
The Payment Standard is based on the number of budgetary unit participants for whom the CA benefit is intended. The CA Payment Standard is used when computing prospective eligibility based on the payment limit. The benefit payment amount is computed automatically as follows:
 
The appropriate CA Earned Income Deductions are subtracted from the gross countable income to determine the net income.
Net income is subtracted from the CA Payment Standard.
The remaining figure is the net unrounded payment.
When the net unrounded payment is at least one cent, the budgetary unit is prospectively eligible.
When the net unrounded payment is zero, the budgetary unit is not prospectively eligible.
 
Complete the following when AFPD indicates the budgetary unit is eligible:
 
Key the user PCN in the PAYMENT AUTH field to authorize benefits.
Send the appropriate notice informing the PI of the decision. (See CA Renewal Process for policy regarding establishing the next renewal date)
 
Complete the following when AFPD indicates the budgetary unit is not eligible:
 
Key the appropriate Closure Reason Code to close CA in the DENIAL/CLOSURE REASON field. See CA Initial Months Special Rules before denying a new application.
Send the appropriate denial notice or closure notice to inform the PI of the decision.
Determine the first month the budgetary unit is prospectively eligible for benefits.
 
NOTE See CA Ineligible Date for additional policy regarding the first ineligible month.
 
Complete the FA‑526 Overpayment referral form when the budgetary unit received more benefits than it was eligible to receive. (See Overpayments for additional policy and procedures)