In Oklahoma's program of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the term "earned income" refers to monies earned by an individual through the receipt of wages, salary, commission, or profit from activities in which the individual is engaged as self-employed or as an employee. Payments made for accumulated annual leave, vacation leave, sick leave, or as severance pay are considered as earned income whether paid during employment or at termination of employment.
Temporary disability insurance payment(s) and temporary worker's compensation payments are considered as earned income if payments are employer funded and the individual remains employed. Income received as a one-time nonrecurring payment is considered as a lump sum payment.
Earned income includes in-kind benefits received by an employee from an employer in lieu of wages or in conjunction with wages. An exchange of labor or services, for example, barter, is considered as an in-kind benefit. Such benefits received in-kind are considered as earned income only when the employee and employer relationship has been established.
The cash value of the in-kind benefits must be verified by the employer. Income from self-employment also includes in-kind benefits for a work activity or service for which the self-employed person ordinarily receives payment in the business enterprise. Medical insurance secured through the employer, whether purchased or as a benefit, is not considered in-kind income
Gross earned income is used to determine eligibility for assistance. Gross earned income is defined as the "true wage" prior to payroll deductions and withholdings.
TANF Earned Income Exemptions
TANF Income Disregards
TANF Unearned Income
TANF Financial Eligibility
TANF Eligibility Criteria
TANF Continued Medical Benefits
TANF Benefit Payments
Oklahoma Benefits Overview
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