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(1)   Earned income is defined as that total income which a household earns by its own work efforts, either salary, wages, or commissions paid to the household as an employee, or profits from self-employment in an enterprise (including farming) which it may carry on independently or jointly with another person or persons.  It includes earnings over a period of time for which settlement is made at one given time. It also includes paid annual leave, vacation time, sick leave, pay while on maternity leave, and bonuses when they are subject to income tax and FICA.


When a member of the household is actively engaged in the management of rental property at least an average of 20 hours per week, income from rental property is earned.  It does not include any income such as pensions or benefits accruing as compensation or reward for service or compensation for lack of employment; for example, RSDI benefits, VA benefits, Unemployment Compensation, etc., not military allotments, allotments from Job Corps participants, or return from capital investments.


(2)   All gross income which is received or expected to be received during a food stamp certification period is considered currently available with two exceptions:


(a)   when income is excluded or disregarded as defined; or


(b)   when income is so infrequent or irregular that it cannot reasonably be anticipated, but not in excess of $30 per quarter.


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