Households must meet income tests unless all household members are receiving TANF or SSI. Most households must meet the gross and net income tests, but a household with an elderly member or who is receiving certain types of disability has to meet the net income test.
The gross income is the household’s total, non-excluded income, before deductions are taken.
Deductions - Beginning October 1, 2016
20% deduction from earned income
Dependent care deduction for work, training, or education
Legally owed child support payments
Maximum excess shelter deduction of $517
Medical expenses for elderly members that is higher than $35 per month, if not paid by insurance or other person
Standard deduction of $152 for a household size of one-to-three people, $168 for four people, $197 for five people, and $226 for six or more people
Able-bodied adults without dependent children between 18 and 50 must register for work, accept suitable employment, and take part in an employment and training program.