Overview of SNAP Reporting Requirements

Every SNAP household has a certification type based on the age and income types of its members.

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SNAP case types and reporting information

Every SNAP household has a certification type based on the age and income types of its members. Your certification type tells you a few things about your case including:

  • How long you’ll get benefits;
  • When/if you need to check in; and
  • What information you need to report.

Read your approval notice using DTA Connect to find out your certification type and your reporting requirements. If you aren’t sure or you have questions, please contact us.

You’ll have to update your information at certain check-in periods. We will let you know when it’s time to update your information by sending you a form.

Your certification type will determine what changes you must report in between your scheduled check-in periods. Some certification types have more reporting requirements than others.

You can fill out SNAP Interim Reports and Recertifications online at DTAConnect.com.

Overview of Certification Types

There are 4 different certification types, however most SNAP households are on Simplified Reporting.

Note: Your certification type can change. When this happens, DTA will send you a notice to let you know.

1. Simplified Reporting

Mixed households with adults, seniors, individuals with a disability or children. Any household with earned income will be assigned to this certification type.

Simplified Reporting households have two check-ins. You must fill out an Interim Report form at month 6 and a Recertification form at month 12.

You must report:

  • when your household’s gross monthly income goes over the limit for your household size (find your gross income limit here). If your income increases, but is still below your limit, you don’t have to update us.

Note: Gross monthly income is the amount of money you bring in before taxes and expenses are subtracted.

If your household has a member aged 60+ or an individual with a verified disability, the household does not have a gross income limit. Tell us about changes on your Interim Report or Recertification form.

If your household contains an Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD), you must tell us if their weekly work hours falls below 20 hours per week or 80 hours averaged monthly.

2. Elderly-Disabled Simplified Application Reporting (EDSAP)

This is usually a household where all adult members are aged 60+ or have a verified disability. There may be children under 18 present. These households have no sources of earned income.

Yes, EDSAP households have one check-in. You must fill out a Recertification form at month 36.

You must report:

  • if someone moves in or out; or
  • if a household member gets a job and starts earning wages.

This household does not have a gross income limit.

3. Change Reporting

This is usually a SNAP household where all members are receiving economic assistance benefits from DTA (TAFDC, EAEDC) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Yes, Change Reporting households have one check-in. You must fill out a Recertification form at month 12.

You must report any change that may impact eligibility within 10 days. This might be:

  • if someone moves in or out of the house;
  • changes in income;
  • changes in expenses; or 
  • or other things like this.

4. Bay State Combined Application Project (Bay State CAP):

This is a household of one that receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These households may or may not have other sources of unearned income.

Bay State CAP households have one check-in. You must fill out a Recertification form at month 36.

You should report:

  • changes in your income or household circumstances to the Social Security Administration (SSA) at (800) 772-1213. SSA will tell DTA about your reported changes electronically.
  • changes in your expenses directly to DTA.

This household does not have a gross income limit.

Contact

Phone

Talk to a case manager between 8:15am-4:45pm, M-F. During off hours you can access case information via our automated system.

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