What income is counted?

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Produced by Deborah Harris and Betsy Gwin, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed December 2022

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. § 704.210(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. § 704.210(E).

Unearned income

Countable unearned income includes social security (but not SSI), unemployment compensation, veterans’ and other pension benefits, paid family or medical leave, and income from trusts. 106 C.M.R. § 704.210(B); DTA Online Guide (Processing Cases with Paid Family Medical Leave).

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