Recurring lump sum payments are payments received less often than monthly. Lump sum payments may be received on a consistent basis or received sporadically throughout a calendar year.
Examples of this type of income include but are not limited to
- earnings received less often than monthly (commission checks, bonus income, or earnings paid as assignments are completed),
- gambling winnings where there is a pattern of gambling,
- per capita payments from Native America tribes funded by gambling income,
- sporadic child support, or
- dividend payments.
Before counting lump sum income toward eligibility, confirm that the payment will recur or that there is a pattern of the client receiving this type of payment. One-time lump sum payments are not countable. Determine the gross amount of income received in the last 12 months and how often the client will receive this payment. Average the income over 12 months or for the time period the income covers for seasonal or assignment based income.
Lump sum payments may not follow a regular payment pattern. Verify the last year of payments from each source when possible.
Code income received as a lump sum according to the type of income the client is receiving. For example, bonus income is employment income that an employer receives periodically. Code this income as a second employer when calculating eligibility.