Countable Household Income PAC Program

A. Income to be considered in determining financial eligibility is both earned and unearned gross income of the unit projected for the 12-month period beginning with the month in which the application is filed with the Department.

B. "Earned income" means monetary payment received by an individual as a
direct result of employment or self-employment, including but not
limited to the following:

  (1) Wages;

  (2) Commissions and fees;

  (3) Salaries and tips;

  (4) Royalties and honoraria;

  (5) Self-employment income;

  (6) Sick pay, which counts as earnings for deduction purposes under Title II of the Social Security Act; and

  (7) Rental property income and other income received from income-producing property.

C. "Unearned income" means monetary payments or benefits received by an individual that are not earned income, including but not limited to the following:

    (1) Social Security Administration benefits, except that Supplemental Security Income is excludable income; Veterans Administration payments; Workers' Compensation Board payments, excluding the individual's legal costs and other expenses to obtain the benefit; Black Lung Program and miners' benefits; Railroad Retirement Board benefits; Civil Service annuities; Government, private, or company pensions, annuities, or retirement benefits; Unemployment insurance or supplemental unemployment benefits;

    (2) Court-ordered or voluntary alimony or support payments received from an assistance unit member's absent spouse; Court-ordered or voluntary child support payments received for a child from an absent natural or adoptive parent;

    (3) Interest, dividends, royalties, or other income accrued to stocks, bonds, or other nonbank investment accounts; Interest earned on an Individual Retirement Account, Keogh account, or other private retirement account, if the account is excluded as a resource; Periodic payments received by an individual from a retirement or disability insurance plan or from hospital indemnity insurance in place of the individual's usual income;

    (4) Lump-sum income received on a one-time-only basis, such as but not limited to: Monetary gifts, prizes, or awards; Retroactive benefit payments; Lottery winnings;  Military reenlistment bonuses; awards from damage or accident claims;

    (5) Life insurance, inheritance, or death benefits received by an assistance unit member after another individual's death, excluding the amount spent on the deceased individual's burial, funeral, and medical care at the end of life; Payment received directly by an assistance unit member from a casualty, disability, indemnity, or other insurance policy; and other lump sums that are not considered "excludable income" under 10.09.60.02 C.

Read the Regulations: COMAR 10.09.60.12, 10.09.60.02

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