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MEMO: AP 00-07

Last Updated: November 15, 2016

DATE: July 3, 2000

TO: RWDB Directors; RWDB Chairpersons; Grant Recipients

FROM: Lorna Joseph, Acting Director of Operational Support

SUBJECT: Definition of Family Income for WIA Low Income Determination

Background: The Workforce Investment Act requirements at Section 101(25) defines the term "low income individual". Under that section, it describes one way an individual may meet this requirement if such individual:

(B) received an income, or is a member of a family that received a total family income, for the 6-month period prior to application for the program involved (exclusive of unemployment compensation, child support payments, payments described in subparagraph (A), and old-age and survivors insurance benefits received under section 202 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 402)) that, in relation to family size, does not exceed the higher of -

(i) the poverty line, for an equivalent period; or
(ii) 70 percent of the lower living standard income level, for an equivalent period;

Purpose: The purpose of this issuance is to provide you with a policy on inclusions and exclusions for family income.

Policy: Over the past several months, DOL has been meeting with a group of WIA area staff closely involved in WIA reporting and definitions. In addition to this group, we have also invited participation from OWC and the CETC.

Based upon our discussions, we have developed the attached list of includable and excludable income for WIA purposes. The list adopted reflects the same definition used under JTPA after the approval of all federal waivers. This definition should be used for all individuals making application for WIA on or after July 1, 2000.

If you have any questions on this policy, please contact your WIA area representative or Steve Litke at (860) 263-6599.

Definition of Family Income

"Family income" means the total annualized cash receipts from all sources (with exclusions listed as follows) received by all members during the six-month period prior to application to WIA. Family size will be the total number of family members who are a part of the individualís family at the time that an individual makes application for WIA. The family income will include the total income during the income determination period for all individuals determined to be part of the family.

Family Income Shall Include:

  • money wages and salaries before any deductions;
  • net receipts from nonfarm self-employment (receipts from a personís own unincorporated business, professional enterprise, or partnership after deductions for business expense);
  • net receipts from farm self-employment (receipts from a farm which one operates as owner, renter, or sharecropper after deductions for farm operating expenses);
  • 50% of regular payments from social security (i.e., old-age survivors insurance), railroad retirement, strike benefits from union funds, workersí compensation, and training stipends;
  • alimony;
  • military family allotments or other regular support from an absent family member or someone not living in the household;
  • pensions, whether private, government employee (including military retirement pay);
  • regular insurance or annuity payments;
  • college or university grants, fellowships, and assistantships (see exclusion for needs-based scholarship assistance);
  • dividends, interests, net rental income, net royalties, periodic receipts from estates or trusts; and
  • net gambling or lottery winnings.
Family Income Shall Exclude:
  • unemployment compensation;
  • child support payments, including foster care child payments;
  • welfare payments (AFDC/TANF, SSI, RCA, GA);
  • 50% of regular payments from social security (i.e., old-age survivors insurance);
  • social security disability income;
  • financial assistance under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, i.e., Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants and Federal Work Study. In addition, Stafford and Perkins loans like any other kind of loan is debt and not income.
  • needs-based scholarship assistance;
  • income earned while the veteran was on active military duty and certain other veteransí benefits, i.e., compensation for service-connected disability, compensation for service-connected death, vocational rehabilitation, and educational assistance;
  • capital gains;
  • any assets drawn down as withdrawals from a bank, the sale of property, a house or a car;
  • tax refunds, gifts, loans, lump sum inheritances, one time insurance payments or other compensation for injury;
  • noncash benefits such as employer paid fringe benefits, food or housing received in lieu of wages, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, school meals, and housing assistance.

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