Temporary Assistance/Case Management Manual

0210.010.05 185 Percent Income Eligibility Limit

IM-155 November 21, 2002

The assistance group’s gross income (less overhead expenses only) may not exceed 185 percent of the Consolidated Standard Expense. See Appendix B – Consolidated Standard – Percentage of Need.  The family must meet this test at application, reinvestigation, and each budget adjustment.  Add the gross income of each person included in the Temporary Assistance cash assistance group, less overhead expenses only, and subtract from 185 percent of the full need standard for that assistance group.  Include income of the following in this test even though their needs are not included in the assistance group or in the 185 percent standard.

  1. The gross income less overhead expenses of a parent sanctioned because of failure to meet SSN, case management, or cooperation in obtaining support requirements.
  2. The appropriate amount of a stepparent’s income.
  3. The appropriate amount of the deemed income of a minor parent’s parent(s).
  4. The gross income less overhead expenses of a parent whose needs are excluded because of provisions at 0210.005.10 Individuals Excluded From the Temporary Assistance Eligibility Unit regarding fugitive felons, felony drug convictions and fraud convictions.

Gross income includes both earned and unearned income less any overhead expenses of producing the income.  Exclude the income outlined under Income Excluded in Section 0210.015.35 Income Excluded.

EXAMPLE:  An assistance group of three has gross income of $432 with no overhead expenses.  $846 (standard for 3) x 185 percent = $1,565.  $1,565 less $432 = $1,133 deficit. Thus the family meets the 185 percent income eligibility limit test.