Effective January 1, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service is raising the taxable annual earned income threshold to $6,500 for individuals required to file a tax return for calendar year 2018. The unearned income threshold of $1,050 is unchanged from 2017. 

The earned and unearned income thresholds are used to determine if the income of children or tax dependents must be used to determine eligibility in BadgerCare Plus cases. This means that children or tax dependents with earned income over $6,500 or unearned income over $1,050 will have their income counted when eligibility for BadgerCare Plus for some or all members of the family is determined. 

Note: Social Security benefits are not counted toward the unearned income limit of $1,050.

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