Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

This program is a joint federal and state program to support low-income families.  States run the program under federal guidelines and goals.  The federal portion of the program spent $16.0 billion in fiscal year 2017.

States have broad discretion to determine eligibility for TANF cash assistance and a range of services. Equifax understands this and provides verification services in a flexible platform allowing states to configure parameters for income and employment eligibility verification that aligns to the state’s requirements.  In addition, this service can alert case workers to changes in income, employment or residency that may impact benefits being received. 

Leveraging The Work Number® database, Equifax provides an invaluable service for agencies struggling to meet ever-changing performance metrics. Income and Employment Verifications from Equifax provide agencies with current salary information on their applicants, including pay period detail that allows caseworker flexibility in calculating household income for eligibility determinations, re-certifications and for program integrity reviews.

Equifax provides access to income and employment information on millions of actively employed individuals. This information is direct from the employer and is updated each pay period. It often provides a "complete employment" view that allows agencies to determine if unreported income is present in order to evaluate fraud. Our service rapidly verifies current income information, online or in batch, and is used hand-in-hand with public sector data to help ensure the most current and complete income information is being used so the most-needy recipients can be served quickly and efficiently.

“It is easy to access and provides actual, recent gross pay.”

“State wage data and all the others can be outdated or about a quarter of a year behind. Therefore The Work Number is the first resource I go to when verifying income.”

“Actual wages that have been verified carry more weight than client estimates.”