TANF Guidelines

Time Limits for Benefits

An adult TANF recipient may not receive TANF benefits for more than 60 months (five years). The 60 months do not have to be consecutive months in a row and are not limited to assistance in South Dakota, but may be from any other state.

During this 60-month life time limit, recipients are required to participate in work activities. Adult TANF recipients are expected to become self-sufficient within this time limit.

Penalties for Failing to Cooperate

If you do not follow the TANF Work Program rules you will be penalized, which may affect your monthly cash payments as well as your TANF eligibility. The penalty system progresses as follows:

  1. You will receive a written warning. This does not affect your monthly payment or eligibility.

  2. You will lose 50 percent of your monthly cash benefits.

  3. Your case will be closed and you will not receive a monthly payment.

See Work Requirements for more information.