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50. What income is counted?

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Earned and unearned income is counted unless it is specifically excluded.

  • Earned income. Countable earned income includes wages, tips and salary. 106 C.M.R. § 704.210(A). See Question 59 on how earned income is counted.
  • Self-employment. 106 C.M.R. § 704.210(A). Earnings from self-employment including home businesses is counted. To determine the amount, DTA subtracts business expenses from self-employment income including rental and utility costs you pay to operate your business; the costs of purchase, loan or repair of equipment (computers, vehicles, etc.); the cost of materials or supplies. There are special rules for business expense deductions if your self-employment is from rent. 106 C.M.R. § 704.210(E).

Unearned income. Countable unearned income includes Social Security (but not SSI), unemployment compensation, veterans' benefits, alimony, pension benefits, income from trusts and other unearned income received by the EAEDC applicant or recipient. 106 C.M.R. § 704.210(B).

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