Gross/Net income checklist
Got a headache trying to figure out how the gross and net income eligibility standards apply? Hey, we feel your pain. To ease the ache, here’s a five-step checklist to walk you through the possibilities:
- If all members of the “food stamp household” are on welfare cash assistance, they are categorically eligible regardless of gross or net income.
- IF any member of the food stamp household is elderly or disabled, there is no gross income test, but the household must meet the net income standard (100% of poverty)
- Otherwise, if the food stamp household exceeds the gross income standard (130%), it is not eligible for food stamps, regardless of net income. If the household meets the 130% gross income standard, it must also meet the 100% of poverty net income limit to get benefits.
- In the special situation in which a person over 60 cannot buy/cook food separately because of a permanent disability (SSI standard), that person can have a separate food stamp household if the income of those with that person lives (excluding the income of the elderly and disabled) is no more than 165% of poverty gross income limit the applies to the household with whom the elderly or disabled person resides. (It does not apply to the separate elderly/disabled household, which would have no gross income limit.)