1. Earned Income Deduction
  2. Standard Deduction
    1. Standard Deduction for TANF SNAP Units
    2. Standard Deduction for All SNAP Units
  3. Maximum Combined Dependent Care/Excess Shelter Deduction
    1. Maximum Dependent Care Deduction
    2. Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction
  4. Utility Standards
    1. State Utility Standard
    2. Air Conditioning/Heating Standard
    3. Electricity Standard
    4. Limited Utility Standard
    5. Single Utility Standard
  5. Shelter Standard For Homeless SNAP Units
  6. State Telephone Standard
  7. Energy Payment Amount

Earned Income Deduction

Earned Income Deduction
03/79 - 10/81 80% of Gross
11/81 - 04/86 82% of Gross
05/86 & After 80% of Gross

For claims for any month filed 10/01/96 or later, do not allow the earned income deduction when figuring an overpayment on changes in income, if the earned income was not reported timely.

Standard Deduction

Standard Deduction
03/79 - 06/79 $ 65
07/79 - 12/79 $ 70
01/80 - 12/80 $ 75
01/81 - 09/83 $ 85
10/83 - 09/84 $ 89
10/84 - 09/85 $ 95
10/85 - 09/86 $ 98
10/86 - 09/87 $ 99
10/87 - 09/88 $102
10/88 - 09/89 $106
10/89 - 09/90 $112
10/90 - 09/91 $116
10/91 - 09/92 $122
10/92 - 09/93 $127
10/93 - 09/94 $131
10/94 - 09/02 $134

Standard Deduction for TANF SNAP Units

  • 03/99 - 09/00 - $131

Standard Deduction for All SNAP Units

Starting 10/02, the amount of the Standard Deduction depends on the size of the SNAP unit.

Starting 07/11, the amount of the Standard Deduction listed below is reduced in the SNAP calculations by $4.00 each month due to the implementation of the Standard Medical Deduction Demonstration Project.

Amount of Standard Deduction
Number in SNAP Unit 10/02 - 09/03 10/03 - 09/04 10/04 -09/05 10/05  - 09/06

10/06 -

09/07

10/07

- 9/08

10/08 

 - 9/09

10/09

  -

09/10

10/10

-06/11

07/11

-09/11

10/11  -

09/12

10/12

 -09/13

10/13

-

09/14

New Manual Material10/14

&

After

1 - 3 $134 $134 $134 $134 $134 134 144 141 142 138 143 145 148 151
4 $134 $134 $134 $134 $139 143 147 153 153 149 151 156 159 161
5 $147 $149 $153 $157 $162 167 172 179 179 175 177 183 187 189
6 or more $168 $171 $175 $179 $186 191 197 205 205 201 204 210 215 217

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Maximum Combined Dependent Care/Excess Shelter Deduction

03/79 - 06/79 $ 80
07/79 - 12/80 $ 90
01/81 - 09/83 $115
10/83 - 09/84 $125
10/84 - 09/85 $134
10/85 - 04/86 $139

As of 05/86, the maximum dependent care deduction and maximum excess shelter deduction are separate.

Maximum Dependent Care Deduction

  • No Qualifying Member
    • 05/86 & After - $160
  • Qualifying Member
    • 05/86 - 09/86 - $147
    • 10/86 - 11/86 - $149
  • All SNAP units 12/86 - 09/88
    • $160
  • All SNAP units 10/88 - 08/94
    • $160 per month per each dependent SNAP unit member.
  • All SNAP units 09/94 -09/08
    • $200 per month per each dependent SNAP unit member under age 2;
    • $175 per month per each other dependent SNAP unit member.
  • All SNAP units 10/08 & After

Use actual monthly costs per each dependent child or disabled adult.

Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction

No Qualifying Member

  • 05/86 - 09/86 - $147
  • 10/86 - 09/87 - $149
  • 10/87:
    • New Applications Filed 10/01/87 & After - $164
    • Regular Roll SNAP REDEs and Approvals Processed 10/1/87 and After - $164
    • All Others - $152
  • 10/88 - 09/89 - $170
  • 10/89 - 09/90 - $177
  • 10/90 - 09/91 - $186
  • 10/91 - 09/92 - $194
  • 10/92 - 08/93 - $200
  • 09/93:
    • Grp 00 - 03 - $200
    • Grp 04 - $201
    • Grp 05 - $202
    • Grp 06 - $203
    • Grp 07 - $204
    • Grp 08 - $204
    • Grp 09 - $205
  • 10/93 - 05/94 - $207
  • 06/94:
    • Grp 00 - 03 - $207
    • Grp 04 - $212
    • Grp 05 - $214
    • Grp 06 - $217
    • Grp 07 - $220
    • Grp 08 - $222
    • Grp. 09 - $224
  • 07/94 - 11/95 - $231
  • 12/95 - 12/96 - $247
  • 01/97 - 09/97 - $250
  • 10/98 - 09/00 - $275
  • 10/00 - 02/01 - $300
    • For active cases, the Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction was $300 until an SNAP REDE was completed for March 2001 or later.
  • 03/01 - 09/02 - $340
  • 10/02 - 09/03 - $367
  • 10/03 - 09/04 - $378
  • 10/04 - 09/05 - $388
  • 10/05 - 09/06 - $400
  • 10/06 -09/07 - $417
  • 10/07 -09/08 - $431
  • 10/08 to 09/09 - $446
  • 10/09 to 09/10 -$459
  • 10/10 to 09/11 - $458
  • 10/11 to 09/12 - $459
  • 10/12 to 09/13 -$469
  • 10/13 to 09/14- $478
  • New Manual Material10/14 & After - $490

Utility Standards

State Utility Standard

10/79 - 11/79 $ 56.72
12/79 - 04/80 $135.00
05/80 - 11/80 $ 70.00
12/80 - 04/81 $160.00
05/81 - 11/81 $ 86.00
12/81 - 04/82 $185.00
05/82 - 11/82 $ 94.00
12/82 - 04/83 $200.00
05/83 - 04/84 $150.00
05/84 - 04/85 $160.00
05/85 - 06/90 $165.00
07/90 - 06/91 $170.00
07/91 - 12/91 $181.00
01/92 - 06/92 $190.00
07/92 - 06/93 $195.00
07/93 - 06/94 $198.00
07/94 - 07/97 $209.00
07/97 - 09/98 $211.00
10/98 - 11/98 $222.00

NOTE: The State Utility Standard was renamed the Air Conditioning/Heating Standard 12/98.

Air Conditioning/Heating Standard

12/98 - 01/01 $222
02/01 - 09/02 $255
10/02 - 10/04 $259
11/04 - 09/05 $261
10/05 - 03/06 $268
04/06 - 07/09 $299
08/09 - 08/10 $304
09/10 - 09/11 $324
10/11 - 09/12 $331
10/12 - 09/13 $345
10/13 - 09/14 $380
New Manaul material10/14 & After $370

Electricity Standard

12/98 - 01/01 $147
02/01 - 09/02 $151
10/02 - 09/03 $155

Limited Utility Standard

10/03 - 09/05 $155
10/05 - 03/06 $157
04/06 - 03/07  $165
04/07 -07/09 $177
08/09 -08/10 $190
09/10 -09/11 $199
10/11-09/12 $250
10/12 -09/13 $265
10/13 - 09/14 $226
new manual material10/14 & After $280

Single Utility Standard

10/03 - 03/07 $32
04/07 - 07/09 $37
08/09 -08/10 $41
09/10 -09/11 $43
10/11 - 09/12 $56
10/12-09/13 $59
10/13 - 10/14 $50
new text10/14 & After $62

Shelter Standard For Homeless SNAP Units

02/92 - 09/92 $128
10/92 - 09/93 $132
10/93 - 09/94 $137
10/94 - 11/95 $139
12/95 - 03/00 $143

The Shelter Standard for Homeless SNAP Units was eliminated 04/01/00. If a homeless SNAP unit expects to be billed for housing costs, the amount verified is allowed when determining the excess shelter expenses.

State Telephone Standard

03/79 - 04/84 $ 6.84
05/84 - 04/85 $ 8.50
05/85 - 09/87 $ 9.00
10/87 - 09/88 $12.00
10/88 - 06/90 $14.00
07/90 - 12/91 $18.00
01/92 - 03/07 $27.00
04/07 - 07/09 $28.00
08/09 - 09/11 $29.00
10/11 to 10/14 $28.00
new manual material10/14 & After $32.00

Energy Payment Amount

AFDC/AFDC-U/RRA/GA-FCA: 01/85 & After $18, or if benefit amount is less than $18, the amount of the benefit.
GA Adult Group-I Counties: 01/85 & After $10, or if benefit amount is less than $10, the amount of the benefit.
GA Adult Group-II Counties: 01/85 & After $5, or if benefit amount is less than $5, the amount of the benefit.
Interim Assistance Cases (City of Chicago only): 1l/87 & After $10, or if benefit amount is less than $10, the amount of the benefit.
  • No Energy Payment Amount is allowed for a child(ren) only case.

Starting 10/01/96 for 10/96 benefits, the EPA deduction was no longer allowed when approving an application. Active cases continued to receive the EPA deduction until a Form 552 action was processed an SNAP REDE or change to the SNAP calculation, at which time the EPA amount was reduced to $0.