SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
Date of Adoption: April 25, 2002.
Purpose: Amending WAC 388-470-0075 How is my vehicle counted for food assistance? This rule explains how the department treats vehicles for food assistance. Certain vehicles can be excluded in their entirety. If a vehicle cannot be completed excluded, we must count it towards the resource limit.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-470-0075.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.04.510.
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that state or federal law or federal rule or a federal deadline for state receipt of federal funds requires immediate adoption of a rule.
Reasons for this Finding: The current rule is incorrect and does not accurately reflect federal regulations (7 C.F.R. chapter II, Part 273). This exposes us to payment errors and could potentially result in federal sanctions.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making:
Pilot Rule Making:
or Other Alternative Rule Making:
Effective Date of Rule: May 1, 2002.
April 25, 2002
Brian H. Lindgren, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit3076.3
(1) A vehicle is a motorized device that the client can use as a regular means of transportation.
(2) If you own a licensed vehicle we (the department)
exclude)) do not count its entire value(( , even when you are
temporarily unemployed,)) if the vehicle (( is)):
(a) Has an equity value (Fair Market Value (FMV) minus what you owe on the vehicle) of one thousand five hundred dollars or less.
(b) Is used over fifty percent of the time ((
for)) to make
income(( -producing purposes)). This includes vehicles such as a
taxi, truck, or fishing boat. If you are a self-employed farmer
or fisher and your self-employment ends, we (( continue to)) still
exclude your vehicle for one year from the date you end your
(b))) (c) Is used to (( produce)) make income each year
that is consistent with its (( fair market value ())FMV(( ))), even
if used on a seasonal basis.
(d) Is needed for long-distance travel, other than daily
commuting, for the employment of ((
a household member whose
resources are considered available to the assistance unit (AU),
such as an ineligible alien or disqualified person.
(d) Needed for hunting or fishing to support the household)) an assistance unit (AU).
(e) Is used as ((
the)) your AU's home.
(f) Is used to carry fuel for heating or water for home use
when this is the primary source of fuel or water for ((
(g) Is needed to transport a physically disabled AU member, no matter if the disability is permanent or temporary.
(h) Likely to produce an equity value (FMV less what is
owed on the vehicle) of no more than one thousand five hundred
(2) If your))
(3) For licensed ((
vehicle is)) vehicles we did not
(( excluded)) exclude in subsection (( (1))) (2) above (( and the)),
we subtract four thousand six hundred fifty dollars from the
vehicle's FMV (( is)) and count the remaining amount toward the
resource limit for:
Less than four thousand six hundred fifty dollars, we
exclude each)) One vehicle (( less than four thousand six hundred
fifty dollars)) for each adult AU member no matter how it is
Greater than four thousand six hundred fifty dollars,
we count the amount in excess of four thousand six hundred fifty
dollars toward the resource limit for:
(i) One vehicle for each adult household member no matter how it is used; and
(ii))) Any vehicle ((
a household)) an AU member under age
eighteen uses to drive to work, school, training, or to look for
(3))) (4) If you have other licensed vehicles, we count
the larger value of the following toward (( the)) your AU's
(a) FMV greater than four thousand six hundred fifty dollars; or
(b) Equity value (FMV ((
less)) minus what is owed on the
(4))) (5) If you are a tribal member and drive an
unlicensed vehicle on (( those reservations that don't)) a
reservation that does not require vehicle licensing, we count or
exclude your vehicle (( will be treated like)) as if it was a
(5))) (6) For all other unlicensed vehicles we count the
equity value towards (( the)) your AU's resource limit unless the
(a) Used to ((
produce)) make income each year that is
consistent with its FMV, even if used on a seasonal basis; or
(b) Work-related equipment ((
necessary)) needed for
employment or self-employment of a (( household)) member of your
(6) When excluding vehicles due to their))
(7) When we determine if we can exclude a vehicle because of
the vehicle's equity equity value, we do not add up the values of
multiple vehicles together. We look at each vehicle ((
evaluated)) separately (( and compared to your resource limit. For vehicles evaluated using the FMV test, we add the values of
multiple vehicles together and compare the result to your
resource limit)) to see if it is excluded.
(8) After we determine the countable value of each vehicle, we add those values to your other countable resources to see if your resources are below your resource limit.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.04.510. 01-16-134, § 388-470-0075, filed 7/31/01, effective 11/1/01; 01-15-078, § 388-470-0075, filed 7/17/01, effective 8/1/01; 99-16-024, § 388-470-0075, filed 7/26/99, effective 9/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, § 388-470-0075, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]