WAG 10-02-02-a: First 30 Day Test

PM 10-02-02-a

Determine eligibility for the first 30-Day Test. The first day of the 30-Day Test period begins with and includes the date of application or request through the next 29 days.

  1. Enter actual verified pay records
    • Enter 30 consecutive days of paystubs with the appropriate dates and verification source.
    • Enter pays per frequency including cents.
  2. Determine average pay amount to be used for each anticipated pay during the 30-Day Test period. The average pay determination should be completed when the pay dates for processing are in the future when processing. The pays should represent the amount expected to be received for a 30-day period.
    • When processing prior to day 31 of the application date or date of request for cash, use pays provided 30 days prior to date of application.
    • When processing on day 31 or after the application date use 30 days of pay. Pays may cover a period prior to date of application and or after date of application. Pays should represent the expected income of the individual.
    • Add pays together for total.
    • Divide total by number of pays used to determine average pay per pay period.
    • Consider 5th weekly or 3rd biweekly pay and divide by number of pays expected to be received in the 30-Day period.
  3. Enter average pays for each anticipated pay period in 30-Day Test period.
    • Use Best Estimate as the Verification Source.
  4. Deductions.
    • IES applies the appropriate IED amount for TANF household size.
    • Staff must enter self-employment business expenses when appropriate.
  5. IES compares the total countable monthly income to the Payment Level for the TANF household size. (see WAG 25-03-05).
  6. If countable income exceeds the Payment Level for the TANF household size, eligibility does not exist. IES will deny at the initial 30-Day Test.
    • Review the TANF 30-Day Test calculation in IES located in the Eligibility Summary page for the initial TANF EDG segment. The Initial Eligibility Determination Test tab shows The First 30-Day Test Period date range and calculation.
  7. If the case is prospectively eligible for the first 30 days, IES will "Pass" the 30-Day Test and continue to determine eligibility for the Initial Prorated Entitlement (IPE) period WAG 10-02-02-b.

TANF Budgeting Example

Example #1:

Date of Application: 02/04/2022 

HH Comp: 1 Adult 3 Minor Children

Dates for 30-Day Test: 02/04/2022 through 03/05/2022

Paid Weekly on Tuesdays

Pays Provided: (Actuals)

02/01

01/25 

01/18

01/11 

$112.74

$97.50

$106.58

$87.64

Initial interview 2/10/2022.

Additional Pays Provided at Interview (Actuals):

02/08 $109.12

1. Determine average expected pay amount using last 30 days of pays provided (this 30-day period includes 5 weekly pays)

  • Pays Provided: $87.64 + 106.58 + 97.50 + 112.74 + 109.12 = $511
  • Average Pay: $511/5 = $102.20

2. Determine Expected Pay Dates in 30-Day Test period and enter actual pays with proper verification source and any average anticipated pays using Best Estimate as the verification source

  • 02/08 $109.12
  • 02/15 $102.00
  • 02/22 $102.00
  • 03/01 $102.00

3. Expected IES Outcome on Income screen for 30-Day Initial Test.

Income Budgeted

IED (HH 4 $495*)

Countable Income

TANF Payment level

TANF payment level greater than countable income

$415.00

-$415.00 *IES does not display negative amount

$0.00

$662.00

Pass 30-Day Test

Example 2

Date of Application: 03/24/2022

HH Comp: 1 Adult 2 Minor Children

Dates for 30-Day Test: 03/24/2022 through 04/22/2022

Paid Biweekly on Wednesdays Actual pays provided with application:

03/09

03/23

$197.64

$136.19

Initial Interview:

04/19/2022

Additional Pay Provided at Interview

04/06 $204.65

1. Determine average expected pay amount using last 30 days of pays provided

  • Pays Provided: $136.19 + $204.65 = $340.00
  •  Average Pay:  $340 / 2 = $170

2. Determine Expected Pay Dates in 30-Day Test period and enter actual pays with proper verification source and any average anticipated pays using Best Estimate as the verification source.

  • 04/06 $204.65
  • 04/20 $170.00

3.  Expected IES Outcome on Income screen for 30-Day Initial Test.

Income Budgeted

IED (HH 4 $411*)

Countable Income

TANF Payment Level

TANF payment level greater than countable income

$374.00

-$374.00 *IES does not display negative amounts

$0.00

$549.00

Pass 30-Day Test