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S.F. No. 3736 - Self-Employment Income Treatment Revision for Cash Assistance Programs Eligibility
Author: Senator Jim Abeler
Prepared By: Patrick Hauswald, Senate Counsel (651/296-5079)
Date: March 9, 2020


S.F. No. 3736 implements methods to count and verity self-employment income and business accounts for purposes of cash assistance programs.

Sections 1 (119B.09) and 3 to 6 (256P.02, subdivisions 1a, 2; 256P.04, subdivision 4; 256P.05) add the value of business accounts used to pay personal expenses to the list of assets to be valuated and verified as part of an individual’s eligibility for cash assistance programs, including for child care assistance. The proposal aligns the process for individuals to submit forms and calculate self-employment earned income with the process for SNAP applicants.

Section 2 (256.98, subdivision 1) adds to the definition of “wrongfully obtaining assistance,” which is treated as a form of criminal theft, activities that constitute knowing concealment of self-employment income or assets, including transferring funds between business and personal accounts, submitting incorrect tax forms or business records, or paying personal expenses with business funds.

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