MR #17.05: Increase to TANF Initial Employment Deduction 2017

Illinois Department of Human Services



  • The TANF Initial Employment Deduction (IED) is increased effective March  1, 2017, due to the revised 2017 Federal Poverty Level.
  • Examples of calculating the IED are updated.

Initial Employment Deduction

Beginning March 1, 2017, use the increased Initial Employment Deduction (IED) to determine initial financial eligibility for TANF. The IED is increased due to revised 2017 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.

All systems are programmed to use the increased IED for determinations beginning 03/01/17.

For a SWAP initial eligibility determination, use the amount based on family size and county of residence 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. See attached PDF (pdf).

Examples of Calculating the IED

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

Manual Revisions

[signed copy on file]

James T. Dimas

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services