MR #22.21 2022 Increase to TANF Initial Employment Deduction

Illinois Department of Human Services



  • The TANF Initial Employment Deduction (IED) increased effective 03/01/2022 due to the annual update to the Federal Poverty Levels (FPL).
  • Examples of calculating the IED are updated.
  • Request for Financial Assistance (Form IL444-2905) and Request for Cash Assistance, Medical Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (Form IL444-2378B) are being revised.

Initial Employment Deduction

Beginning 03/01/2022 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 2022 FPL. The IED 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 can be found in WAG 25-03-02(3). Historical IED amounts can be 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.

Forms Changes

Form IL444-2905 Request for Financial Assistance and form IL444-2378B Request for Cash Assistance, Medical Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is currently being revised to the following: The questions Is any person in the household in violation of their parole or probation? and Is anyone in the household fleeing from felony prosecution, an outstanding felony warrant or jail? will be added to form IL444-2905. Customers requesting cash assistance with form IL444-2905 will be required to answer the two new questions. The form IL44-2378B will be revised to reflect the same questions. Form IL444-2905 has been revised to remove the felony drug conviction question and information on cash ineligibility due to conviction of a Class X or Class I felony effective January 2022.

Manual Revisions

[signed copy on file]

Grace B. Hou

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services

Form Referenced:

Form IL444-2905

Form IL444-2378B