45 CFR 2551.44 - What is considered income for determining volunteer eligibility?
(a) For determining eligibility, “income” refers to total cash or in-kind receipts before taxes from all sources including:
(1) Money, wages, and salaries before any deduction, but not including food or rent in lieu of wages;
(2) Receipts from self-employment or from a farm or business after deductions for business or farm expenses;
(3) Regular payments for public assistance, Social Security, Unemployment or Workers Compensation, strike benefits, training stipends, alimony, child support, and military family allotments, or other regular support from an absent family member or someone not living in the household;
(4) Government employee pensions, private pensions, and regular insurance or annuity payments; and
(5) Income from dividends, interest, net rents, royalties, or income from estates and trusts.
(b) For eligibility purposes, income does not refer to the following money receipts:
(1) Any assets drawn down as withdrawals from a bank, sale of property, house or car, tax refunds, gifts, one-time insurance payments or compensation from injury;
(2) Non-cash income, such as the bonus value of food and fuel produced and consumed on farms and the imputed value of rent from owner-occupied farm or non-farm housing.