In setting the sliding fee schedule, the commissioner shall exclude from the amount of income used to determine eligibility an amount for federal and state income and Social Security taxes attributable to that income level according to federal and state standardized tax tables. The commissioner shall base the parent fee on the ability of the family to pay for child care. The fee schedule must be designed to use any available tax credits.
PARENT FEE SCHEDULE. The parent fee schedule is as follows, except as noted in subdivision 2:
|Income Range (as a percent of the state median income, except at the start of the first tier)||Co-payment (as a percentage of adjusted gross income)|
|0-74.99% of federal poverty guidelines||$0/month|
|75.00-99.99% of federal poverty guidelines||$5/month|
|100.00% of federal poverty guidelines-27.72%||2.61%|
A family's monthly co-payment fee is the fixed percentage established for the income range multiplied by the highest possible income within that income range.
A family must be assessed a parent fee for each service period. A family's parent fee must be a fixed percentage of its annual gross income. Parent fees must apply to families eligible for child care assistance under sections 119B.03 and 119B.05. Income must be as defined in section 119B.011, subdivision 15. The fixed percent is based on the relationship of the family's annual gross income to 100 percent of the annual state median income. Parent fees must begin at 75 percent of the poverty level. The minimum parent fees for families between 75 percent and 100 percent of poverty level must be $5 per month. Parent fees must provide for graduated movement to full payment. Payment of part or all of a family's parent fee directly to the family's child care provider on behalf of the family by a source other than the family shall not affect the family's eligibility for child care assistance, and the amount paid shall be excluded from the family's income. Child care providers who accept third-party payments must maintain family specific documentation of payment source, amount, and time period covered by the payment.