No, any tax rebate or refund, including the stimulus payments, will not be counted as income.
When we decide if you are eligible for extra help, your stimulus payment will not be counted as a resource for the month you get it and the following 2 months. By resources, we're talking about such things as money in bank accounts, investments and cash you have at home or elsewhere. To understand when we would count your stimulus payment as a resource, consider the following example. If you get a stimulus payment in May 2008, and decide to keep it or invest it, it would not count as a resource for May, June, or July 2008. Beginning in August 2008, your stimulus payment would count as a resource if you had not spent the money before then.