You do not generally count a vendor payment as household income. A vendor payment is money a third party pays the household's creditors, landlord, or service providers. The third party might be any person or organization outside of the household.
Do not count a vendor payment as income unless:
- there is a court order or legal agreement that compels the third party to pay the client directly, and
- the third party instead chooses to pay one of the client's creditors, service providers, or his or her landlord to meet their obligation.
When a court order or legally binding agreement directs payment to third party, do not count the vendor payment as the household's income.
Examples involving child support vendor payments are available in the child support section.