Initial Prorated Entitlement (IPE) and gap/overlap benefits are treated in a different manner than other cash benefits. When determining net income treat IPE and gap/overlap benefits as follows.
Initial Prorated Entitlement
Consider the IPE cash benefit as follows:
- Any part of the IPE that covers a month(s) prior to the month of expected receipt of the IPE is an asset.
- The part of the IPE that covers the month of its expected receipt is income for that month.
- That part of the IPE that covers a month(s) following the month of expected receipt is income for the month(s) it is intended to cover.
If the IPE amount or the fiscal month of receipt cannot be anticipated, review the effect of the IPE once it is authorized.
An IPE that covers the needs of a new unit member is the unit's income/asset and not the new member's income/asset.
Gap/Overlap Cash Benefit
A gap/overlap cash benefit is an adjustment of the regular cash benefit and is not an increase or decrease in the unit's income. Budget the regular cash benefit amount that the gap/overlap is based on, rather than the amount of the
gap/overlap cash benefit.