I Got a Job - Work Pays - DHS 3022

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

State of Illinois
Department of Human Services

WORK PAYS - Congratulations on your job!

Under the Work Pays system, you can get a job and still receive your Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance. This booklet will tell you if you are still eligible for a TANF grant when you get a job.

With your job, you will continue to receive medical assistance. Depending on the amount of your income, you may also be eligible for SNAP benefits and a TANF grant. In addition, you may be eligible for help in paying for your child care and employment-related expenses.

How to Tell If You Will Still Receive a TANF Grant

To see if you are able to receive a TANF grant, look at your Gross Monthly Income. Gross Monthly Income is the amount of your gross earned income (the money you earn before deductions are taken out) plus your gross unearned income (any other money you receive).

What is your Gross Monthly Income? ______________________

To determine your eligibility, 3/4 of your gross earned income is subtracted from your Gross Monthly Income. Then your new income amount is compared to the payment level for your size household.

Subtract 3/4 of your gross earned income from your Gross Monthly Income. For example, if you earn $800 a month, subtract $600.

Example:

  • $ ___________ Gross Monthly Income
  • minus $ ___________ 3/4 of gross earned income
  • equals  $ ___________ New Amount

Your New Amount is then compared to the Payment Level.

The Payment Level is the amount you would receive from TANF if you had no income of your own. See the charts on pages 6 and 7 of this booklet for the Payment Level amount for your family size.

What is the Payment Level for your family size? ___________

Which is higher, your New Amount or the Payment Level?

If New Amount Is Same or Higher, You Are Not Eligible

If your New Amount is equal to or higher than the Payment Level, then you are not eligible for a TANF grant, but you will still be eligible for up to 12 months of medical coverage.

In addition, you may be eligible for help in paying for your child care and employment-related expenses. Also, depending on the amount of your income, you may still be eligible for SNAP benefits.

If New Amount Is Lower, You Are Eligible

If your New Amount is less than the Payment Level, then you are eligible for a TANF grant.

Your TANF grant is equal to the Payment Level minus your New Amount.

  • $ ___________ Payment Level
  • minus  $ ___________ New Amount
  • equals $ ___________ Your Grant Amount

If you are eligible for a TANF grant, you are also eligible for a medical card. You may also be eligible for SNAP benefits and for help in paying for your child care and employment-related expenses.

See the two examples which follow.

Example One: a family that is NOT ELIGIBLE for a TANF grant.

A family of two lives in Cook County. The mother has started to work and earns $8 an hour and works 40 hours a week. The family has no unearned income.

  •  $1280 - Gross Monthly Income ($8 an hour x 40 hours a week x 4 weeks =$1280) 
  •  $960 - 3/4 of gross earned income (3/4 of $1280 = $960)
  •  $320 - New Amount
  •  $318 - TANF Payment Level
  •  $320 is greater than $318

This family is not eligible for a TANF grant but receives complete medical coverage for up to 12 months. The family may also be eligible for SNAP benefits and help in paying for child care and employment-related expenses.

Example Two: a family that IS ELIGIBLE for a TANF grant.

One person of a family of three goes to work and earns $8 an hour and works 40 hours a week. The family lives in Cook County and has no unearned income.

  • $1280 - Gross Monthly Income
  • $960 - 3/4 of gross earned income (3/4 of $1280 = $960)
  • $320 - New Amount
  • $432 - TANF Payment Level
  • $320 is less than $432
  • $432 - TANF Payment Level
  • $320 - New Amount
  • $112 - TANF Grant

This family will receive a TANF grant of $112 a month, plus a medical card and SNAP benefits. The family may also be eligible for help in paying child care and employment-related expenses.

Summary Chart: You Get A Job

If your Gross Monthly Income minus 3/4 of your gross earned income is equal to or higher than the Payment Level, you get:

  • Medical coverage for up to 12 months,
  • SNAP benefits, depending on the amount of your income, and
  • Possible help in paying for your child care and employment related expenses.

or

If your Gross Monthly Income minus the 3/4 deduction is lower than the Payment Level, you get:

  • A lowered TANF grant,
  • Medical coverage,
  • Payment of child care,
  • Possible help in paying for employment-related expenses, and
  • SNAP benefits.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC) Payment

If your family's income falls below a certain amount, your family may be eligible for a benefit offered by the federal government; it is called an Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC) payment.

In order to qualify for this benefit, you must file a federal income tax return. You must file even if you owe no taxes or your employer did not deduct federal taxes from your wages. If you do owe any income tax, the EIC can reduce the amount you owe. If you do not owe any tax, you will get a refund check.

There is another way you can receive your EIC payments. Your employer can add it to your pay during the year while you are working. Ask your employer or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for Form W-5. Complete the form and return it to your employer. If you are eligible, the EIC payment will be automatically added to your pay.

EIC payments do not count against your TANF grant or medical assistance. For more information, see the last page of this booklet.

Payment Level Chart 1

Use this chart if you live in one of the following counties:

  • Boone, DeKalb, Kankakee, McHenry, Winnebago,
  • Champaign, DuPage, Kendall, Ogle, Woodford
  • Cook, Kane, Lake, Whiteside

(If you didn't find your county, see next chart.)

Find your family size. (Include yourself and your children.) Follow across to the Payment Level column, this is your payment level.

Family Size Payment Level
1 $243
2 318
3 432
4 474
5 555
6 623
7 657
8 691
9 727
10 765
11 807
12 848

Payment Level Chart 2

Use this chart if you live in one of the following counties:

  • Adams Fulton Livingston Morgan Tazewell
  • Bureau Grundy Logan Moultrie Vermilion
  • Carroll Henry Macon Peoria Wabash
  • Clinton Iroquois Macoupin Piatt Warren
  • Coles Jackson Madison Putnam Will
  • De Witt Jo Daviess McDonough Rock Island
  • Douglas Knox McLean Sangamon
  • Effingham La Salle Mercer St. Clair
  • Ford Lee Monroe Stephenson

(If you didn't find your county, see next chart.)

Find your family size. (Include yourself and your children.) Follow across to the Payment Level column, this is your payment level.

Family Size Payment Level
1 $233
2 307
3 417
4 461
5 540
6 605
7 638
8 673
9 709
10 746
11 784
12 825

Payment Level Chart 3

Use this chart if you live in one of the following counties:

  • Alexander Edgar Jasper Montgomery Shelby
  • Bond Edwards Jefferson Perry Stark
  • Brown Fayette Jersey Pike Union
  • Calhoun Franklin Johnson Pope Washington
  • Cass Gallatin Lawrence Pulaski Wayne
  • Christian Greene Marion Randolph White
  • Clark Hamilton Marshall Richland Williamson
  • Clay Hancock Mason Saline
  • Crawford Hardin Massac Schuyler
  • Cumberland Henderson Menard Scott

Find your family size. (Include yourself and your children.) Follow across to the Payment Level column, this is your payment level.

Family Size Payment Level
1 $198
2 294
3 399
4 445
5 519
6 585
7 616
8 647
9 683
10 718
11 758
12 797

For more information:

Call or visit your Illinois Department of Human Services' Family Community Resource Center (FCRC).

If you have questions about any Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)?program, call or visit your FCRC. We will answer your questions. If you do not know where your FCRC is or if you are unable to go there, you may call the automated helpline 24 hours a day at:

1-800-843-6154

1-800-447-6404 (TTY)

You may speak to a representative between:

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Monday - Friday (except state holidays)

For answers to your questions,

you may also write:

Illinois Department of Human Services
Bureau of Customer Support and Services
100 South Grand Avenue East
Springfield, Illinois 62762

Visit our web site at: www.dhs.state.il.us

Programs, activities and employment opportunities in the Illinois Department of Human Services are open and accessible to any individual or group without regard to age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or religion. The department is an equal opportunity employer and practices affirmative action and reasonable accommodation programs.

DHS 3022 (R-06-10) I Got a Job - Work Pays
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