The following are exempt by federal law:
- Reimbursements from the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policy Act of 1970:
- payments to persons displaced as a result of the acquisition of real property;
- relocation payments to a displaced homeowner toward the purchase of a replacement dwelling. Such payment may only be to a displaced owner who purchases and occupies a dwelling within one year after the displacement; and
- replacement housing payments to displaced persons not eligible for a homeowner's payments.
- Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funded earnings.
- Require verification of the WIA funding level and length of time the job will be funded.
- Client obtains verification from the employer or WIA Coordinator.
- Exempt on-the-job training funds if:
- it is under the Summer Youth and Training Program (Title II-B) or
- the person is under age 19 and under the parental control of an adult FS unit member.
- Contact the WIA Coordinator for information on the source of funding.
- Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS).
- Complete Discrepancy Referral (Form 1925) to exclude the person who gets money from PASS from central budgeting.
- Send Form 1925 to SSA Programs Control.
- Deduct the amount of PASS payment when budgeting the income.
- Disaster Relief Payments
Included in exempt disaster relief payments are special unemployment benefits to persons who became unemployed due to a disaster and who are not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance. These benefits are called Disaster Unemployment Insurance and
do not appear on the Wage Verification File Inquiry (AWVS).
- Additional payments received by military personnel for serving in a combat zone.
When a FS unit reports that they are receiving money from a member of the military, take the following steps:
- Ask if the service member is deployed to a combat zone. Accept the FS unit's statement that the member is deployed to a combat zone.
- Verify the service member's pay that was actually available to the unit before deployment to a combat zone. If the military person was part of the unit for food stamp purposes before deployment to a combat zone, this amount would be the net military
pay. If the military person was not part of the unit for food stamp purposes before deployment to a combat zone, it is the amount actually made available to the family before deployment to the combat zone.
- Verify the amount of military pay that the deployed service member is making available to the family currently.
- Any portion that is more than the amount the unit was receiving immediately before deployment to a combat zone is exempt as combat pay.
Example: Mrs. W and her children receive FS. Prior to deployment to Iraq, her husband's pay of $1500 was deposited monthly in the joint checking account and budgeted as a contribution for food stamps. After deployment, the amount
deposited monthly into the joint checking account was $1600. $100 is exempt as combat pay.
The amount of the service member's pay made available to the family may be verified by bank records or Leave and Earnings Statements (LES).