CalWORKs Census Earned Income Exemption

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has provided guidance about the CalWORKs earned income exemption for work on the census.

All temporary work or stipends paid by the U.S Census Bureau, government entities, and non-profits related to the decennial census work will be exempt from CalWORKS. This changes from the previous guidance, which stated that only income or stipends earned the year proceeding and not income earned during the decennial census year is exempt.

This new revision exempts Census income regardless of the year paid. 

This exemption is retroactive Jan 1, 2021. (ACL 21-99, August 24, 2021.)