MR #19.03 2019 Increase to TANF Initial Employment Deduction (IED)

IED Increase MR19.XX



  • The TANF Initial Employment Deduction (IED) was increased effective March 1, 2019, due to the revised 2019 Federal Poverty Level.
  • Examples of calculating the IED are updated.

Initial Employment Deduction

Beginning March 1, 2019, use the increased Initial Employment Deduction (IED) to determine initial financial eligibility for TANF. The IED is increased due to revised 2019 Federal Poverty Levels, and is equal to the difference between 50% of the current FPL for the applicant's family size and his or her TANF payment level. Historical information is found in WAG 25-06-18.

For a SWAP initial eligibility determination, use the amount based on family size located in the chart in WAG 25-03-02-(1).  How did we calculate the IED amount?

We are providing an informational IED calculation sheet to show how to calculate the IED. Initial Employment Deduction (pdf).

Examples of Calculating the IED

Examples in WAG 08-01-02-b are updated.

Manual Revisions

WAG 08-01-02-b

WAG 25-03-02-(1)

WAG 25-06-18

[signed copy on file]

James T. Dimas

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services