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What is unearned income?

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed March 2023

Most sources of unearned income are counted in calculating your SNAP benefits. 106 C.M.R. §363.220(B).

Countable unearned income includes:

Verification of unearned income

  • DTA typically uses government databases to verify Social Security Retirement or Disability Insurance (RSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), MA Unemployment Benefits and child support that is paid to a family through the Department of Revenue (DOR). DTA should use these databases to verify unearned income and not ask you to produce a written statement about the benefit amount unless there is a discrepancy between what you reported and what the databases say. See What 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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