MR #21.08: 2021 Increase to TANF Initial Employment Deduction

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  • The TANF Initial Employment Deduction (IED) will be increased effective March 01, 2021 due to the annual update to the Federal Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines.
  • Examples of calculating the IED are updated.

Initial Employment Deduction

Beginning March 01, 2021 IES will use the new IED amounts to determine initial financial eligibility for TANF at intake or SWAP requests. The IED is increased due to the revised 2021 Federal Poverty Levels, (FPL) and is equal to the difference between 50% of the monthly FPL for the applicant's family size and the TANF payment level. Current IED amounts and TANF payment levels are found in WAG 25-03-02(1). Historical IED amounts are found in WAG 25-06-18.

Special Budgeting Situations

When TANF is determined using Parent Liability, Ineligible Parent or Excluded Spouse, the IED amount that corresponds to the family unit size of the employed person is used. See examples in WAG 08-01-02-b. How is the IED calculated?

The provided document gives information on the IED calculation. Initial Employment Deduction (pdf).

Manual Revisions

WAG 08-01-02-b

WAG 10-02-02-d

WAG 10-04-04

WAG 25-03-02 (1)

WAG 25-06-18

[signed copy on file]

Grace B. Hou

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services