1115.095.00 INCOME ELIGIBILITY LIMITS

IM-#68 July 24, 2007

Food stamp EUs must meet an income eligibility limit to be eligible for food stamp benefits. This income eligibility limit is based on federal income poverty guidelines. EUs meeting a net income eligibility limit must have income equal to or lower than 100 percent of federal income poverty guidelines for the EU size. EUs that must meet a gross income eligibility limit must have income equal to or lower than 130 percent of federal income poverty guidelines for the EU size.

FAMIS makes the income eligibility determination based on the age of EU members, disability, income, and expense information entered into the system. The income eligibility determination is displayed on the Supercase Eligibility Unit Summary (FM30) screen. When all verification is provided and the EU's gross income and adjusted net monthly income is equal to or less than the monthly income eligibility limit for the EU size, the income eligibility determination shows PASS. When the EU's gross and adjusted net monthly income exceeds the monthly income eligibility limit for the EU size FAIL is displayed. The Select Authorization (FM3G) screen displays the eligibility determination for each month an eligibility determination is created. Select Authorization (FM3G) displays approve (APPR) or reject (REJC) for applications. An adverse action (PAAP) or no change (NOCH) action is displayed when an eligibility determination is completed on an active case.

The Food Stamp Budget Summary (FM4A) screen displays the gross income maximum, the CE income maximum, and the net income maximum. No income maximum is displayed for one and two person CE EUs. Always review the Budget Summary (Food Stamps) screen (FM4A) prior to authorizing a case action to determine if the expected results are received. If not, return to the appropriate eligibility factor, make corrections, and complete a new eligibility determination.

1115.095.05 EUs Subject to 100% of Federal Income Poverty (Net Income) Guidelines Only

IM-#52 May 30, 2013, IM-#68 July 24, 2007

EUs containing an elderly or disabled member must meet only the net income eligibility limit.

The income amount used in this determination is the net adjusted monthly income (gross income minus farm loss and the allowable income and expense deductions). FAMIS compares the EU's net adjusted monthly income to the net monthly income eligibility limit for the appropriate EU size.

If the EU's net adjusted monthly income is equal to or less than the net monthly income eligibility limit for the EU size, the EU meets this requirement and is eligible for food stamp benefits. If the EU does not meet this requirement, the application is rejected or the case closed.

When the EU contains a member who is 59 years old on the date of application, but who will become 60 before the end of the month of application, the EU is required to meet the net income eligibility limit, not the gross income eligibility limit. FAMIS makes the eligibility determination for an elderly EU when an EU member is turning age 60 within the month of application. This determination is reflected on the Food Stamp Budget Summary screen (FSBUDSUM/FM4A).

1115.095.10 EUs Subject to Both 130% (Gross Income) and 100% (Net Income) of Federal Income Poverty Guideline

IM-#52 May 30, 2013, IM-#68 July 24, 2007

EUs that do not contain an elderly or disabled member must meet both the gross income eligibility limit and the net income eligibility limit. To determine gross income:

The gross monthly income of the EU is compared to the gross monthly income eligibility limit for the appropriate EU size. If the EU's gross monthly income is equal to or less than the gross monthly income eligibility limit, the EU's net adjusted monthly income is compared to the net monthly income eligibility limit. If the EU's gross monthly income is greater than the gross monthly income eligibility limit, the application is rejected or the case closed.

After the gross income test, the net adjusted monthly income is determined by subtracting allowable income and expense deductions from the gross monthly income of the EU. The net adjusted monthly income is compared to the net monthly income eligibility limit for the appropriate EU size. If the EU's net adjusted monthly income is equal to or less than the net monthly income eligibility limit and the EU has met the gross income eligibility limit, the EU meets the income eligibility limit requirement and is eligible. If the EU's net adjusted monthly income is greater than the net monthly income eligibility limit, the application is rejected or the case is closed.

NOTE: The actual amount of court ordered child support expense paid by the EU from the EU's income, to or for non-EU members is deducted to determine eligibility based on 130% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and the net income determination.

1115.095.15 Categorically Eligible EUs

IM-#27 May 1, 2014, IM-#68 July 24, 2007

Categorically eligible EUs are not subject to the gross and net income limits. There is no income maximum for one and two person categorically eligible EUs. Three or more person EUs do not receive benefits when their net income results in a zero allotment.