All court-ordered child support payments should be treated as an income exclusion from the SNAP household's total gross income when comparing to the Maximum Monthly Gross Income Standard for the household size. It is not allowed as an income deduction in the net benefit calculation. This includes when determining expedited service. See PM 02-08-01 and WAG 02-01-01.
Determine the child support income exclusion amount as follows:
Example: Mr. T is applying for SNAP and is a one person household. The Maximum Monthly Gross Income Standard for a household size of one is $2,005. His gross monthly income is $2,169. His court-ordered child support is $400 per month. Mr. T verifies his support payments by using his pay stubs received in the last 30 days.
Mr. T's countable income minus the child support income exclusion ($400) is $1,769. Mr. T is gross income eligible for SNAP. His countable income when completing the net income benefit calculation is $1,769 x .80 = $1,416 (round up). A deduction for the child support expense is not allowed in the net income benefit calculation.
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