Is it legal to make no more than $400 cash per year while receiving public welfare but not reporting it to welfare office.

Asked 6 months ago - Philadelphia, PA

I guess I'm self employed, I babysit every once in a while for my cousin and he pays me $50-$100 each time depending on how many kids and hours I have them. Would I have my cousin fill out a 1099 for me??? Will Public Assistance discontinue my cash, food and medical benefits?

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  1. Kelvin P. Green

    Contributor Level 18


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . As in previous you need to report this. If it is fairly regular they can anticipate it in your benefits. It's not the yearly amount that makes a difference but the anticipated monthly amount that counts. Rarely is it a dollar for dollar reduction.

    This is for general information only. Nothing in this information should be construed as creating an attorney-... more
  2. Stephanie O Joy

    Contributor Level 17

    Answered . Generally, a 1099 is only generated if one makes more than $600/year. If public assistance finds out in other ways, that you are earning and not reporting, they may not trust your statement that is it sporadic and less than $400/year. As such, I strongly urge you to follow the rules, report the occasional income, and see where the chips fall. They shouldn't cancel anything, since your income likely does not breach any threshold - but if you don't report, it may be easy to believe you are making far more, else why hide it? Be clear with them that it is only once in a blue moon.

    Stephanie O. Joy, Esq., of JoyDisability, is an attorney licensed in New Jersey, but currently practicing federal... more
  3. Jack Justin Adams


    Contributor Level 12

    Answered . You must report the income. It is not optional and can be criminal.

    The above answer is based upon the limited facts available and there may be other possibilities. This answer does... more

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