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Households have to meet income tests unless all members are receiving TANF, SSI, or in some places general assistance. Most households must meet both the gross and net income tests, but a household with an elderly person or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income test. Households, except those noted, that have income over the amounts listed below cannot get SNAP benefits.
Eligibility Standard for Expanded
Categorically Eligible Households
(effective October 1, 2013)
October 1, 2013)
(effective October 1,
2013) 100% FPL
(effective November 1, 2013)
|Each Additional Member||+670||+436||+335||+142|
Gross income means a household's total, non-excluded income, before any deductions have been made.
|Find Your GrosIncome||Example|
|Determine your houshold size||4 people with no elderly or disabled members|
|Add gross monthly income||
$1,500 earned income
+ $550 social security
= $2,050 gross income
If gross monthly income is less than the limit
for household size (from table above), determine net income.
|$2,050 is less than the $2,552 allowed for a 4-person household, so determine net income|
Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions. To find your Net Income, take your Gross Income and subtract any of the deductions below that apply. Compare your results to the table above using the Net Income column.
Deductions are allowed as follows:
A 20 percent deduction from earned income;
A standard deduction of $152 for households sizes of 1 to 3 people and $163 for a household size of 4 (higher for some larger households);
A dependent care deduction when needed for work, training, or education;
Medical expenses for elderly or disabled members that are more than $35 for the month if they are not paid by insurance or someone else;
Legally owed child support payments;
- Excess shelter costs that are more than half of the household's income after the other deductions. Allowable costs include the cost of fuel to heat and cook with, electricity, water, the basic fee for one telephone, rent or mortgage payments and taxes on the home. The amount of the shelter deduction cannot be more than $478 unless one person in the household is elderly or disabled.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Under the Food Stamp Act and USDA policy, discrimination is prohibited also on the basis of religion or political beliefs.
To file a complaint of discrimination, contact USDA or HHS.
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights,
1400 Independence Avenue, SW,
Washington, DC 20250-9410
(800) 795-3272 (voice) or
(202) 720-6382 (TTY).
HHS, Director, Office for Civil Rights, Room 506-F,
200 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20201
(202) 619-0403 (voice) or
(202) 619-3257 (TTY).
USDA and HHS are equal opportunity providers and employers.