Georgia Food Stamps Income Limit [2020-2021]

(Last Updated On: September 22, 2020)
This article is about the Georgia Food Stamps Income Limit for 2020-2021. If you are applying for food stamp (SNAP) benefits in Georgia, you are required to meet the criteria in order to receive food assistance.

When determining eligibility for food stamp benefits, the most important factor is the income limit. To be eligible for SNAP benefits, you must meet both the gross and net income limit for your household size.

In this article, we will provide you with:

  • Georgia Food Stamps Income Limit for 2020-2021
  • How to Calculate Your Household Gross Income
  • Steps to Calculate Your Household Net Income
  • How much you will get in Food Stamps
  • Exemptions to the Georgia SNAP Income Limit

If you would like help determining if your income is eligible to receive Georgia food stamp benefits, keep reading this post below. We will help you calculate your gross and net income to see if you meet the criteria for food assistance.

Georgia Food Stamps Income Limit 2020-2021

Georgia Food Stamp Income Limit for 2020

The Georgia Food Stamps Income Limit for 2020-2021 is based on your household’s total income and size. To find out if your income meets the SNAP eligibility requirements you must first calculate the gross monthly income for your household.

For instructions on how to calculate your gross monthly income, follow the steps below.

How to Calculate Your Gross Income

The gross income for your household is the total income earned before taxes have been taken out. Follow the steps below for help on how to calculate your gross household income. If you are applying for Georgia food stamp benefits, you must determine your gross monthly income to see if you qualify.

Step 1 – Determine your Household Size

The first thing needed when calculating your monthly gross income is the size of your household. Any person that lives with you whom you purchase and prepare food with should be included in your total household size. This includes any elderly or disabled household members.

Step 2 – Gather your Monthly Earned Income

Earned income is any countable income you have earned within a given one-month period before taxes. For the Georgia food stamps income limit, earned income includes any of the following:

  • Wages or salaries earned from a job
  • Earnings from self-employment (after allowable business expenses)
  • Income made from renters, roommates, or boarders (after operational costs)
  • Any income from rental property (minus business expenses)
  • Social Security payments
  • Child Support payments

Step 3 – Add your Earned Income to Calculate Gross Monthly Income

Once you have determined all your sources of earned income, add them all together. This will give you your total gross monthly income for your household.

Step 4 – Determine if your Gross Monthly Income is Eligible

Now that you have your gross monthly income, you can see if your income is eligible for Georgia food stamp benefits. Use the chart and follow the steps below to determine your eligibility.

  1. Start by finding your household size on the chart.
  2. Once you have located your household size, look in the next column at the maximum gross income for your household size.
  3. If the maximum allowable gross income is higher than your total gross income, you may be eligible for Georgia food stamp benefits.
  4. When the maximum allowable gross income is lower than your total gross income, you may not be eligible for Georgia food stamp benefits.
SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2021
Effective October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021
Household Size
Gross Monthly Income (130% of Federal Poverty Level)
1$1,383
2$1,868
3$2,353
4$2,839
5$3,324
6$3,809
7$4,295
8$4,780
Each Additional Household Member:+$486

Step 5

Calculate your Net Monthly Income

Once you have successfully found your gross monthly income, you will need to calculate your net monthly income. For help on how to calculate your net monthly income for the Georgia food stamps income limit, keep reading below.

How to Calculate Your Net Income

Net income for the Georgia food stamps income limit is your household’s total gross monthly income minus any allowable expenses. All allowable expenses should be subtracted from your gross monthly income. To find out what all of the allowable deductions are, continue reading below.

Deductions Allowed for Net Income in 2020-2021

To calculate your net monthly income, you must deduct approved household expenses. Here are the expenses that can be deducted from your household’s gross income:

  • 20% deduction from earned income.
  • A standard deduction of $167 for households with 1 to 2 people and $243 for households with 6 or more people. See the standard deduction for 2020-2021 in the chart below.
  • Dependent care deduction when needed for work, training, or education.
  • A deduction for elderly or disabled members medical expenses that exceed $35 a month (if not paid by insurance or someone else).
  • Deduct any legally owed child support payments.
  • Homeless Household’s shelter costs deduction of $156.74.
  • A deduction for excess shelter costs that exceed more than half of the household’s income (after the other deductions listed above). This deduction cannot exceed $586 unless one of your household members is elderly or disabled. Allowable excess shelter costs include:
    • Mortgage or rent payments
    • Property taxes
    • Household utilities including electricity, water, fuel for heat, and a basic phone line

SNAP Standard Deduction Amount for 2020-2021

Use the chart below to find out what the Standard Deduction amount is for your household size is in 2020-2021.

SNAP Standard Deductions for Fiscal Year 2021
Effective October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021
Household SizeStandard Deduction
1-2$167
3$167
4$181
5$212
6+$243

Calculating Net Income with Allowable Deductions

 

Step 1 – Subtract any Allowable Deductions

After you have determined which allowable deductions apply to your household, subtract those (in order) from your total gross monthly income. Doing this will give you the total net monthly income for your household.

If you need additional help doing this, use the example below:

 

Net Income CalculationExample for a 4-person household
Subtract 20% earned income deduction…$2,050 gross income
$1,500 earned income x 20% = $300. $2,050 – $300 = $1,750
Subtract standard deduction…$1,750 – $181 standard deduction for a 4-person household = $1,569
Subtract dependent care deduction…$1,572 – $362 dependent care = $1,207
Subtract child support deduction…$0
Subtract medical costs over $35 for elderly and disabled…$0
Excess shelter deduction…See below
Determine half of adjusted income…$1,210 adjusted income/2 = $603.50
Determine if shelter costs are more than half of adjusted income…$700 total shelter – $603.50 (half of income) = $96.50 excess shelter cost
Subtract excess amount, but not more than the limit, from adjusted income…$1,210 – $96.50 = $1,113 .50 net monthly income
Apply the net income test…Since $1,113.50 is less than $2,184 allowed for 4-person household, this household has met the income test.

Step 2 – Determine if your Net Monthly Income is Eligible

Now that you have your net monthly income, you can see if your income is eligible for Georgia food stamp benefits. Use the chart and follow the steps below to determine your eligibility.

  1. Start by finding your household size on the chart.
  2. Once you have located your household size, look in the last column at the maximum net income for your household size.
  3. If the allowable net income is higher than your total net income, you may be eligible for Georgia food stamp benefits.
  4. If the allowable net income is lower than your total net income, you may not be eligible for Georgia food stamp benefits.
SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2021
Effective October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021
Household Size
Net Monthly Income (100% of Federal Poverty Level)
1$1,064
2$1,437
3$1,810
4$2,184
5$2,557
6$2,930
7$3,304
8$3,677
Each Additional Household Member:+$374

If you have determined that your gross and net income are eligible for food assistance benefits and would like to know how much you can expect to receive, continue below.

How much in Food Stamps will I get?

Once you determine you qualify for food stamps, you probably want to know how much in benefits your household will get on a monthly basis. See the chart below for details.

Maximum Food Stamps Benefits for 2020-2021

Use the chart below to find the maximum SNAP benefit allotment amount for your household size.

Maximum SNAP Benefit Amount by Household Size for Georgia
Effective October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021
Household SizeMaximum SNAP Benefit Allotment
1$204
2$374
3$535
4$680
5$807
6$969
7$1,071
8$1,224
Each Additional Household Member:$153


Georgia SNAP Benefit Calculator 

If you want to know exactly how much you can expect to receive in Georgia food stamp benefits each month, check out the example below.

We walk you through how to calculate your Georgia SNAP benefit amount.

Benefit CalculationExample
Multiply net income by 30%… (Round up)$1,113.50 net monthly income x 0.3 = 334.05 (round to $334)
Subtract 30% of net income from the maximum allotment for the household size…$680 maximum allotment for 4-person household – $334 (30% of net income) = $346, SNAP Benefit Allotment per month

Exemptions to Georgia Food Stamps Income Limit

If all member of your household are receiving Title IV (TANF), SSI, or in some places general assistance, you do not have to meet the food stamps income test.

In addition, while most households must meet both the gross and net income tests, if you live in a household where there is an elderly person or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments, then that household will only have to meet the net income test to qualify for Georgia food stamps (SNAP Benefits).

Georgia SNAP Eligibility & Application

If you meet the income limits above and want to apply for Georgia SNAP benefits, Click here to see the other criteria you must meet to be approved. To apply for food stamps in Georgia, visit our guide here.

To learn about how the entire application process works and how long it takes, visit this page. Also, learn about Drug Testing Policy for Food Stamps.

We hope this article was helpful. If you have more questions about income limit qualifications, you can share them in the comments section below.

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  • Sherry Brock

    I applied two weeks ago.i haven’t heard nothing back.for an interview

    • Georgia SNAP Helper

      Hi Sherry,

      Have you checked your application status online at the Georgia Gateway platform? We also suggest contacting your local DCFS office for an update on your application. You can locate your closest county office here. Hope this helps!

  • J

    I have applied and reapplied so many times. The first time I applied I was approved, My FS benefits lasted for me and my children for about 4 months and then was cut. I provided Birth-certificates for my children but it was marked down as not valid proof of father, bizarre. I then reapplied and was told my application was never received so I did online and paper copy again to be sure and again they had nothing. this was about 4-5 months of me applying and going into the office for help(which I was treated rudely 70% of the time I went in). So I applied again and was approved for the last 6 months but this last time I got my letter for renewal in the mail and tried to fill it out on the Gateway system and it wouldn’t give me the option to renew. so I went to the office for help. In the office they said it was a mistake and my case had been closed, they worked with me that day and said it was all fixed and I should receive benefits within 24 hours and my worker will call me as well. Four weeks later no call, no benefits. I have been calling my worker listed on my paper work 2x a week for 5 weeks and I have been in the office once every week in the last 5 weeks since to get help. I have left voice messages for my worker and my workers supervisor and their supervisor and still have gotten no call back. I’m just trying to feed my kids. Today I called and they said they don’t know what to tell me, loos like I didn’t get October benefits. Who can I call higher up? Who cares if everyone is doing their job correctly? I wouldn’t be on assistance if I didn’t need help and if I didn’t qualify for the help?

    • Georgia SNAP Helper

      Hi Janice,

      I’m so sorry to hear this. I wish we could be more help for you. Have you tried contacting the general DFCS phone number at 404-657-3433 or emailing them at [email protected]? I have also included the DFCS Constituent Services address and phone number below. It may be worth contacting them as they handle complaints and issues such as yours. Please let me know if this helps!

      DFCS Constituent Services: 404-657-3433
      Address: DFCS Constituent Services
      2 Peachtree Street, NW
      18th Floor
      Atlanta, Georgia 30303