Key reminders for income calculations: • Look at the date of employment, date the recent pay stub pays through, and the VOE. • Look for overtime, bonus, commission, or any additional income that should be counted and count it. • Make sure you are calculating your days correctly when averaging the income. • If there has been a recent increase in salary or hourly rate, use the higher salary or hourly rate when calculating the Annual Household Income. • #1 Reminder: Document your process. USDA reviewers look for Underwriter notes and any sort of explanation. It helps them to review a file faster if they don’t have to recreate what has already been done. Q. The applicant has a history of overtime, with a substantial amount received year to date; however, the VOE states the overtime is unlikely to continue. Do I need to include overtime in the annual income calculation? A. Annual income is calculated based on what is expected to be received in the ensuing 12 months. If there is a history of overtime, it would need to be considered by the underwriter when calculating annual income. Ultimately it is the approved lender’s responsibility to review the complete income history to determine what is expected to be received in the ensuing 12 months and to document the permanent loan file to support their lending decisions. Q. Does the IRS child tax credit need to be included in the annual income calculation? A. No, tax credits, including the Child Tax Credit are not included in the Annual income calculation. Q. Is per diem considered in annual income calculations? A. If the per diem is taxable income, then it must be included in annual income. If the per diem is non-taxable income, it is considered reimbursement and therefore not included in annual income. Q. The VOE states the applicant is expected to receive a 3% pay raise within the next 3 months. Do we have to count this expected increase in annual income? A. Annual income is calculated based on what is expected to be received in the ensuing 12 months, including bonus income, projected pay raises, etc. If a pay raise is expected within the next 12 months, it would need to be included in the annual income calculation. Q. We have a borrower that is divorced and has joint custody of a child that is only claimed on the tax returns as a dependent every other tax year. Can we consider this child a household member for the calculation of family size and income eligibility? A. Applicants with shared custody may include their children as household members and receive the $480 per child deduction.
Annual household income for Kentucky USDA Loans
All files must include an income calculation worksheet.
Lenders may document their income calculations on their own in-house income worksheet
Defines Annual Income as: Income from all household members who live or propose to live in the dwelling as their primary residence for all or part of the ensuing 12 months. Adjusted annual income is used to determine whether an applicant is income-eligible for a guaranteed loan, or interest assistance, if applicable.
Adjusted annual income provides for deductions to account for varying household circumstances and expenses.