Agency filings affecting this section
How does the department count my income to determine if my assistance unit is eligible and how does the department calculate the amount of my cash and Basic Food benefits?
(1) Countable income is all income your assistance unit (AU) or your child-only means-testing AU has after we subtract the following:
(a) Excluded or disregarded income under WAC 388-450-0015
(b) For cash assistance,
earned income incentives and deductions allowed for specific programs under WAC 388-450-0170
(c) For Basic Food,
deductions allowed under WAC 388-450-0185
(d) Income we allocate to someone outside of the assistance unit under WAC 388-450-0095
(2) Countable income includes all income that we must deem or allocate from financially responsible persons who are not members of your AU under WAC 388-450-0095
(3) Starting November 1, 2011, we may apply child-only means-testing to determine eligibility and your payment standard amount.
(a) Child-only means-testing applies when you are a nonparental relative or unrelated caregiver applying for or receiving a nonneedy TANF/SFA grant for a child or children only, unless at least one child was placed by a state or tribal child welfare agency and it is an open child welfare case.
(b) For the purposes of child-only means-testing only, we include yourself, your spouse, your dependents, and other persons who are financially responsible for yourself or the child as defined in WAC 388-450-0100
in your assistance unit (AU). We call this your child-only means-testing AU.
(c) As shown in the chart below, we compare your child-only means-testing AU's total countable income to the current federal poverty level (FPL) for your household size to determine your child-only means-testing payment standard. Your child-only means-tested payment standard is a percentage of the payment standards in WAC 388-478-0020
|If your countable child-only means-testing AU income is: ||Your child-only means-tested payment standard is equal to the following percentage of the payment standards in WAC 388-478-0020: |
|200% FPL or less ||100% |
|Between 201% and 225% of FPL ||80% |
|Between 226% and 250% of FPL ||60% |
|Between 251% and 275% of FPL ||40% |
|Between 276% and 300% of FPL ||20% |
|Over 300% of the FPL ||The children in your care are not eligible for a TANF/SFA grant. |
(d) If the children in your care qualify for a TANF/SFA grant once the child-only means-test is applied, the child's income is budgeted against the child-only means-tested payment standard amount.
(e) If the children in your care do not qualify for a TANF/SFA grant once the child-only means-test is applied, they may still qualify for medical assistance as described in WAC 388-408-0055
and WAC 388-505-0210
(4) For cash assistance:
(a) We compare your countable income to the payment standard in WAC 388-478-0020
or, for child-only means-tested cases, to the payment standard amount in subsection (3) of this section.
(b) You are not eligible for benefits when your AU's countable income is equal to or greater than the payment standard plus any authorized additional requirements.
(c) Your benefit level is the payment standard and authorized additional requirements minus your AU's countable income.
(5) For Basic Food,
if you meet all other eligibility requirements for the program under WAC 388-400-0040
, we determine if you meet the income requirements for benefits and calculate your AU's monthly benefits as specified under Title 7 Part 273 of code of federal regulations for the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP). The process is described in brief below:
(a) How we determine if your AU is income eligible for Basic Food:
(i) We compare your AU's total monthly income to the gross monthly income standard under WAC 388-478-0060
. We don't use income that isn't counted under WAC 388-450-0015
as a part of your gross monthly income.
(ii) We then compare your AU's countable monthly income to the net income standard under WAC 388-478-0060
(A) If your AU is categorically eligible for Basic Food under WAC 388-414-0001
, your AU can have income over the gross or net income standard and still be eligible for benefits.
(B) If your AU includes a person who is sixty years of age or older or has a disability, your AU can have income over the gross income standard, but must have income under the net income standard to be eligible for benefits.
(C) All other AUs
must have income at or below the gross and net income standards as required under WAC 388-478-0060
to be eligible for Basic Food.
(b) How we calculate your AU's monthly Basic Food benefits:
(i) We start with the maximum allotment for your AU under WAC 388-478-0060
(ii) We then subtract thirty percent of your AU's countable income from the maximum allotment and round the benefit down to the next whole dollar to determine your monthly benefit.
(iii) If your AU is eligible for benefits and has one or two persons, your AU will receive at least the minimum allotment as described under WAC 388-412-0015
, even if the monthly benefit we calculate is lower than the minimum allotment.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.005, 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510, 74.08.090, 2011 1st sp.s. c 42, and 2011 1st sp.s. c 36. 12-04-051, § 388-450-0162, filed 1/30/12, effective 3/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510, 74.08.090, 74.08A.120, and Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, Title 7 Part 273 of the C.F.R. 09-07-054, § 388-450-0162, filed 3/11/09, effective 4/11/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 7 C.F.R. 273.9 and 273.10. 08-15-009, § 388-450-0162, filed 7/3/08, effective 8/3/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.04.510. 99-24-008, § 388-450-0162, filed 11/19/99, effective 1/1/00.]