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How does DTA double-check income?

Produced by Patricia Baker and Victoria Negus
Reviewed January 2018

Like all states, DTA uses different computer matches to find unreported earnings or unreported unearned income. If DTA finds out you had income you did not report, they maycontact you for more information.  If you were supposed to report income and you failed to do so, you may have an overpayment.  It is also possible you could be sanctioned (cut off for a period of time), if a hearings officer finds out you intentionally failed to report income.  See What if DTA says I committed fraud or an Intentional Program Violation (IPV)?

Most SNAP households are on "simplified reporting" and are not required to report changes until their Interim Report or Recertification is due or the household's gross income exceeds the gross income test for their household. See When do I need to report changes and what is Simplified Reporting? 

Federal SNAP rules are clear about what DTA should do when they get information from a data match that is “unclear”. Unclear means it is not directly from the source. Information that comes directly from the source (such as Social Security or the Department of Unemployment Assistance) is considered “verified upon receipt.”

If DTA gets unclear information from a data source they can only ask the household for verification if the information:

  • is less than 60 days old relative to the current month of participation  AND it would have been required to be reported (under either Simplified Reporting or under Change Reporting rules, depending on the case), or
  • appears to conflict with information used by DTA at the time of certification (the application, Interim Report or Recertification)

This is important because not all data match information is accurate. A lot of data match information DTA gets is not real time and may not be relevant to eligibility.

DTA Policy Guidance:

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