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How to calculate monthly income

Child Care Subsidy uses two different methods for calculating income: the actual income calculation and the anticipated income calculation.

Initial Application

Use the actual income calculation for the approval month unless

  1. the client has not received all of the income from a source before the interview,
  2. you have not been able to verify all the payments from a source before certification, or
  3. the client will receive an additional payment in the approval month due to a third biweekly payment or a fifth weekly payment.

Use anticipated income calculation when it is not possible to use actual income for the approval month.


At renewal, you verify the household's income using the verification that best predicts the household's current or future income. Ordinarily you will use anticipated income.

Only use actual income at renewal when both conditions apply:

  1. Child Care benefit is reopened following closure due the expiration of the eligibility period and
  2. the household receives terminated income in the month following the closure.

Income from a new source is available to the household the first of the month following when the client receives his or her first full payment.

Eligibility Period

Use anticipated income unless the household provides verification that shows the household's income is lower than the income on the Child Care benefit.

The household must document

  1. all the income received in a month and
  2. the month cannot be a month where a third biweekly payment or a fifth weekly payment occurs.

Otherwise, you must use anticipated income.

Using Unfinished Issuance and Remedy

When you use actual income for the application month or at renewal, use anticipated income for all future months. You must use the Unfinished Issuance at application or Remedy at renewal to ensure FACS applies the correct income for each month. Instructions for these processes are available through Quest.

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