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OLGT 2018-26: TAFDC and EAEDC: In-Kind Income

In-kind income is a benefit received in any form other than money for a specific expense such as free rent, utilities, clothing or food, but not necessarily limited to those.  For TAFDC and EAEDC grant calculations, shelter and food shall be deducted as income in-kind based on pre-determined standard values (see 106 CMR 704.510).   
In-kind income must not be presumed solely based on non-payment of shelter expenses.  Any obligation, incurred obligation or partial payment towards an allocated shelter expense must be considered when making a determination.     Important:  A client in an EA shelter must receive the in-kind utility deduction when reporting a cell phone expense.
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