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How does DTA double-check income?

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed June 2023

Like all states, DTA uses different government and private company computer matches to find unreported income and check other information.

If DTA finds out information about your household that they think you did not report, they may contact you for more information. If you were required to report income or other information at a specific time and you failed to do so, you may have an overpayment.  It is also possible you could be disqualified (cut off for a period of time), if a hearings officer finds out you intentionally failed to report information. See How do I know if I have an overpayment?

Most SNAP households are not required to report any changes (such as a new job) until the Interim Report or Recertification unless the household's gross income exceeds the gross income test for the household size. See Proving continuing eligibility.

When DTA gets information directly from certain agencies or programs, DTA may be able to act on the information it gets from these sources without contacting you. In other cases, it cannot act on information it gets until your Interim Report or Recertification. SeeWhat happens when DTA receives information about me after my SNAP application is approved?


DTA Online Guide:  See Appendix G for links to the DTA’s BEACON Online Guide for this section.

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