Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Wisconsin Works (W2) Manual 
3.2.2.1 Prospective Income Eligibility
3.2.2.2 Estimating Monthly Income
3.2.2.1 Prospective Income Eligibility
Available earned and unearned income is tested prospectively for W2 eligibility. Prospective Income testing uses the best estimate of income and circumstances to determine what income will be received by the W2 group each month.
3.2.2.2 Estimating Monthly Income
To determine the best estimate of monthly earned income for individuals paid an hourly rate, and unearned income for the W2 Group, a FEP must use the following table:
Payment Frequency 
Calculation 
If paid weekly 
Earned: (hourly rate) x (average hours per week) x (4.3 weeks per month) 
Unearned: (weekly amount) x (4.3 weeks per month) 

If paid biweekly 
Earned: (hourly rate) x (average hours biweekly) x (2.15 weeks per month) 
Unearned: (biweekly amount) x (2.15 weeks per month) 

If paid monthly 
Earned and Unearned: monthly amount (this includes selfemployment and other averaged income) 
If paid twice monthly 
Earned and Unearned: (amount) x (2 times per month) 
The FEP must not adjust the prospective income estimate due to missed work or an irregular increase in work hours. A W2 Group must be prospectively ineligible for two consecutive months before the case closes.
The W2 Groupâ€™s income affects eligibility only and does not affect the amount of the W2 payment. The payment amount is determined solely by the employment position in which the adult is participating.
History: Release 2307.