What income is counted?

Produced by Deborah Harris, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed December 2018

Earned and unearned income is counted unless it is specifically excluded.

Earned income

Countable earned income includes wages, tips, salary and earnings from self-employment. 106 C.M.R. § 204.210(A). Subtract business expenses from self-employment income. There are special rules for business expense deductions if you get income from rent. 106 C.M.R. § 204.210(E).

Unearned income

Countable unearned income includes social security (but not SSI), unemployment compensation, veterans' and other pension benefits, and income from trusts. 106 C.M.R. § 204.210(B).

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