Exempt the assets of a person who receives TANF or SSI. Consider a person who is approved to receive TANF or SSI benefits, but who has not received payment, as a recipient of those benefits.
An SSI lump sum payment for past-due benefits received by a unit member who has ongoing SSI eligibility is exempt. This includes an SSI lump sum payment for past-due benefits directly deposited into a dedicated bank account. SSA requires the SSI lump sum benefit be deposited into a dedicated bank account when:
- the child being awarded the payment is under age 18 and has a representative payee; and
- the lump sum payment for past-due benefits is greater than 6 times the monthly SSI rate.