WAG 25-06-05-d: SNAP Deduction Amounts

  1. Earned Income Deduction
  2. Standard Deduction
    1. Standard Deduction for TANF SNAP Units
    2. Standard Deduction for All SNAP Units
  3. Maximum Combined Dependent Care/Excess Shelter Deduction
    1. Maximum Dependent Care Deduction
    2. Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction
  4. Utility Standards
    1. State Utility Standard
    2. Air Conditioning/Heating Standard
    3. Electricity Standard
    4. Limited Utility Standard
    5. Single Utility Standard
  5. Shelter Standard For Homeless SNAP Units
  6. State Telephone Standard
  7. Energy Payment Amount

Earned Income Deduction

Earned Income Deduction
03/79 - 10/81 80% of Gross
11/81 - 04/86 82% of Gross
05/86 & After 80% of Gross

For claims for any month filed 10/01/96 or later, do not allow the earned income deduction when figuring an overpayment on changes in income, if the earned income was not reported timely.

Standard Deduction

Standard Deduction
03/79 - 06/79 $65
07/79 - 12/79  70
01/80 - 12/80  75
01/81 - 09/83  85
10/83 - 09/84  89
10/84 - 09/85  95
10/85 - 09/86  98
10/86 - 09/87  99
10/87 - 09/88 102
10/88 - 09/89 106
10/89 - 09/90 112
10/90 - 09/91 116
10/91 - 09/92 122
10/92 - 09/93 127
10/93 - 09/94 131
10/94 - 09/02 134

Standard Deduction for TANF SNAP Units

  • 03/99 - 09/00 - $131

Standard Deduction for All SNAP Units

  • Starting 10/02, the amount of the Standard Deduction depends on the size of the SNAP unit.
  • Starting 07/11, the amount of the Standard Deduction listed below is reduced in the SNAP calculations by $4.00 each month due to the implementation of the Standard Medical Deduction Demonstration Project.
  • Starting 03/15, the amount of the Standard Deduction listed below is reduced in the SNAP calculations by $7.00 each month to maintain cost neutrality of the Standard Medical Deduction Demonstration Project.
Amount of Standard Deduction

Number in

SNAP Unit

10/02-

09/03

10/03-09/04 10/04-09/05 10/05-09/06 10/06-09/07 10/07- 09/08 10/08- 09/09 10/09-09/10 10/10- 06/11 07/11-09/11 10/11-09/12 10/12-09/13 10/13- 09/14 10/14-02/15
1 - 3 $134 $134 $134 $134 $134 $134 $144 $141 $142 $138 $143 $145 $148 $151
4 134 134 134 134 139 143 147 153 153 149 151 156 159 161
5 147 149 153 157 162 167 172 179 179 175 177 183 187 189
6 or more 168 171 175 179 186 191 197 205 205 201 204 210 215 217
Amount of Standard Deduction

Number

in SNAP

Unit

03/15

-

09/15

10/15

-

09/16

10/16

-

09/17

10/17

-

09/18

10/18

-

09/19

10/19

-

09/20

new manual text10/20

& After

1 - 3 $148 $148 $150 $153 $157 $160 $160
4 158 161 161 163   167 171 new manual text174
5 186 190 190 192   197 202 new manual text205
6 or more 214 219 219 221   227 233 new manual text236

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Maximum Combined Dependent Care/Excess Shelter Deduction

03/79 - 06/79 $ 80
07/79 - 12/80    90
01/81 - 09/83  115
10/83 - 09/84  125
10/84 - 09/85  134
10/85 - 04/86  139

As of 05/86, the maximum dependent care deduction and maximum excess shelter deduction are separate.

Maximum Dependent Care Deduction

  • No Qualifying Member
    • 05/86 & After - $160
  • Qualifying Member
    • 05/86 - 09/86 - $147
    • 10/86 - 11/86 - $149
  • All SNAP units 12/86 - 09/88
    • $160
  • All SNAP units 10/88 - 08/94
    • $160 per month per each dependent SNAP unit member.
  • All SNAP units 09/94 -09/08
    • $200 per month per each dependent SNAP unit member under age 2;
    • $175 per month per each other dependent SNAP unit member.
  • All SNAP units 10/08 & After

Use actual monthly costs per each dependent child or disabled adult.

Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction

No Qualifying Member

  • 05/86 - 09/86 - $147
  • 10/86 - 09/87 - $149
  • 10/87:
    • New Applications Filed 10/01/87 & After - $164
    • Regular Roll SNAP REDEs and Approvals Processed 10/1/87 and After - $164
    • All Others - $152
  • 10/88 - 09/89 - $170
  • 10/89 - 09/90 - $177
  • 10/90 - 09/91 - $186
  • 10/91 - 09/92 - $194
  • 10/92 - 08/93 - $200
  • 09/93:
    • Group 00 - 03 - $200
    • Group 04 - $201
    • Group 05 - $202
    • Group 06 - $203
    • Group 07 - $204
    • Group 08 - $204
    • Group 09 - $205
  • 10/93 - 05/94 - $207
  • 06/94:
    • Group 00 - 03 - $207
    • Group 04 - $212
    • Group 05 - $214
    • Group 06 - $217
    • Group 07 - $220
    • Group 08 - $222
    • Group 09 - $224
  • 07/94 - 11/95 - $231
  • 12/95 - 12/96 - $247
  • 01/97 - 09/97 - $250
  • 10/98 - 09/00 - $275
  • 10/00 - 02/01 - $300
    • For active cases, the Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction was $300 until an SNAP REDE was completed for March 2001 or later.
  • 03/01 - 09/02 - $340
  • 10/02 - 09/03 - $367
  • 10/03 - 09/04 - $378
  • 10/04 - 09/05 - $388
  • 10/05 - 09/06 - $400
  • 10/06 -09/07 -  $417
  • 10/07 - 09/08 - $431
  • 10/08 - 09/09 - $446
  • 10/09 - 09/10 - $459
  • 10/10 - 09/11 - $458
  • 10/11 - 09/12 - $459
  • 10/12 - 09/13 - $469
  • 10/13 - 09/14 - $478
  • 10/14 - 09/15 - $490
  • 10/15 - 09/16 - $504
  • 10/16 - 09/17 - $517
  • 10/17 - 09/18 - $535
  • 10/18 - 09/19 - $552
  • 10/19 - 09/20 - $569
  • new manual text10/20 & After - $586

Utility Standards

State Utility Standard

10/79 - 11/79 $ 56.72
12/79 - 04/80  135.00
05/80 - 11/80    70.00
12/80 - 04/81  160.00
05/81 - 11/81    86.00
12/81 - 04/82  185.00
05/82 - 11/82    94.00
12/82 - 04/83  200.00
05/83 - 04/84  150.00
05/84 - 04/85  160.00
05/85 - 06/90  165.00
07/90 - 06/91  170.00
07/91 - 12/91  181.00
01/92 - 06/92  190.00
07/92 - 06/93  195.00
07/93 - 06/94  198.00
07/94 - 07/97  209.00
07/97 - 09/98  211.00
10/98 - 11/98  222.00

NOTE: The State Utility Standard was renamed the Air Conditioning/Heating Standard 12/98.

Air Conditioning/Heating Standard

12/98 - 01/01 $222
02/01 - 09/02  255
10/02 - 10/04  259
11/04 - 09/05  261
10/05 - 03/06  268
04/06 - 07/09  299
08/09 - 08/10  304
09/10 - 09/11  324
10/11 - 09/12  331
10/12 - 09/13  345
10/13 - 09/14  380
10/14 - 09/15  370
10/15 - 09/16  364
10/16 - 09/17  388
10/17 -09/18  394
10/18-09/19  466
10/19 -0920  478
new manual text10/20 & After 496

Electricity Standard

12/98 - 01/01 $147
02/01 - 09/02  151
10/02 - 09/03  155

Limited Utility Standard

10/03 - 09/05 $155
10/05 - 03/06  157
04/06 - 03/07   165
04/07 -07/09  177
08/09 -08/10  190
09/10 -09/11  199
10/11-09/12  250
10/12 -09/13  265
10/13 - 09/14  226
10/14 - 09/15  280
10/15 - 09/16  258
10/16 - 09/17  285
10/17 -09/18  306
10/18 -09/19  319
10/19 -09/20   328
new manual text10/20 & After 356

Single Utility Standard

10/03 - 03/07 $32
04/07 - 07/09  37
08/09 - 08/10  41
09/10 - 09/11  43
10/11 - 09/12  56
10/12 - 09/13  59
10/13 - 10/14  50
10/14 - 09/15  62
10/15 - 09/16  58
10/16 - 09/17  64
10/17 - 09/18  70
10/18 -09/19  72
10/19 -09/20  74
new manual text10/20 & After 81

Shelter Standard For Homeless SNAP Units

  • The Shelter Standard for Homeless SNAP Units was eliminated 04/01/00. For the period of 04/01/00 through 08/30/19, if a homeless SNAP unit expects to be billed for housing costs, the amount verified is allowed when determining the excess shelter expenses.
  • Effective September 2019, a Homeless Shelter Standard is allowed as a deduction from net income, if a homeless SNAP unit (all members are homeless) is billed or expects to be billed for shelter costs equal to the Homeless Shelter Standard amount or less. An excess shelter deduction is not allowed when the SNAP unit (including units with a qualifying member) chooses to use the Homeless Shelter Standard. A utility allowance (including telephone) is not allowed when the Homeless Shelter Standard is used. A homeless SNAP unit that incurs housing costs of more than the Homeless Shelter Standard may claim Actual Homeless Shelter Expenses as an excess shelter deduction, if verified. A utility standard is allowed if an expense for utilities is incurred.
  • The Homeless Shelter Standard is $147 for September 2019. Effective October 2019, the Homeless Shelter Standard is increased to $152 due to the annual cost of living adjustments to the SNAP standards.
02/92 - 09/92 $128
10/92 - 09/93   132
10/93 - 09/94  137
10/94 - 11/95  139
12/95 - 03/00  143
09/19 - 09/19  147
10/19 - 09/20 152
10/20 & After 156

State Telephone Standard

03/79 - 04/84 $6.84
05/84 - 04/85   8.50
05/85 - 09/87   9.00
10/87 - 09/88  12.00
10/88 - 06/90  14.00
07/90 - 12/91  18.00
01/92 - 03/07  27.00
04/07 - 07/09  28.00
08/09 - 09/11  29.00
10/11 - 10/14  28.00
10/14 - 09/15  32.00
10/15 - 09/16  27.00
10/16 - 09/17  30.00
10/17 - 09/18  28.00
10/18 -09/20  30.00
new manual text10/20 & After 31.00

Energy Payment Amount

AFDC/AFDC-U/RRA/GA-FCA: 01/85 & After $18, or if benefit amount is less than $18, the amount of the benefit.
GA Adult Group-I Counties: 01/85 & After $10, or if benefit amount is less than $10, the amount of the benefit.
GA Adult Group-II Counties: 01/85 & After $5, or if benefit amount is less than $5, the amount of the benefit.
Interim Assistance Cases (City of Chicago only): 1l/87 & After $10, or if benefit amount is less than $10, the amount of the benefit.
  • No Energy Payment Amount is allowed for a child(ren) only case.

Starting 10/01/96 for 10/96 benefits, the EPA deduction was no longer allowed when approving an application. Active cases continued to receive the EPA deduction until a Form 552 action was processed an SNAP REDE or change to the SNAP calculation, at which time the EPA amount was reduced to $0.