How We Figured Your Food Stamp Benefits

We use income and costs to figure how much food stamps you can get each month. Costs are deductions. The food stamp worksheet gives the income and deductions we use. Some parts of the worksheet may not apply to you. We use zeros (0) to show no income or costs.

Income Limit

There is a food stamp income limit. Many food stamp groups over the limit cannot get food stamps. Some may get $14 in food stamps, but only if they meet special rules. There are special rules for elderly or disabled persons. Elderly means a person is 60 years of age or older. Disabled means a person gets state or federal disability benefits.

Income Deductions

Some groups can have income deductions. We don’t count:

  • 20% of the reported earned income.
  • A standard deduction.
  • Medical costs for elderly or disabled persons. We don’t include the first $35.
  • Dependent care.
  • Payment for court ordered child support for children not in the home.

We take the above from the gross income to get a subtotal. Gross income is the full income before taxes and deductions.

We add housing costs and utility costs. We figure out the costs that are more than 50% of the income subtotal. Costs more than 50% can be taken from the subtotal. The result is the adjusted income. For most groups, there is a limit to the amount we can take from the subtotal. There is no limit for groups with an elderly or disabled person.

Benefit Amount

Food stamp groups under the adjusted income limit can get food stamps. We take 30% of the adjusted income from the Maximum Benefit Amount. The result is the food stamp benefit amount.

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