MR #15.04: Increase to TANF Initial Employment Deduction 2015

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  • The TANF Initial Employment Deduction (IED) is increased effective 3/1/15 due to the revised 2015 Federal Poverty Levels.
  • Correction to the TANF Payment Level for Group I Counties.

Initial Employment Deduction (IED)

Beginning March 1, 2015, use the increased Initial Employment Deduction (IED) to determine initial financial eligibility for TANF. The IED is increased due to revised 2015 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.

All systems are programmed to use the increased IED for determinations beginning 3/1/15.

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 attachment Initial Employment Deduction (IED) (pdf) to show the calculation.


The TANF payment level amount for Group I Counties found in WAG 25-03-05 was corrected for an assistance unit size of 5 from $552 to $555.

Manual Revisions

WAG 25-03-02 (1)

WAG 25-03-05

[signed copy on file]

Melissa A. Wright

Acting Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services