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

IM-#54 May 15, 2020, IM-#52 May 30, 2013IM-#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:

  • add the total monthly income earned by all EU members and
  • the total monthly unearned income of all EU members
  • subtract income exclusions and
  • subtract net losses from self-employment.

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 excluded to determine eligibility based on 130% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and the net income determination.