An IPV is an "intentional program violation." That is when a court or hearing officer determines that you gave DTA false or misleading information on purpose, willfully hid information in order to get benefits you are not eligible for, or intentionally did not report a change that you were required to report and would have reduced your benefits. 106 C.M.R. § 367.525. Purposely giving false or misleading information or willfully hiding information in order to get benefits is fraud.
How do I know if DTA thinks I intentionally broke SNAP rules in order to get more SNAP?
DTA is required to send you a notice about an Administrative Disqualification Hearing. This notice sets a time and a date for a hearing with a DTA Hearing Officer. At this hearing the hearing officer will hear from DTA about why DTA thinks you intentionally broke SNAP rules in order to get more SNAP. If you get a notice about an Administrative Disqualification Hearing, call Legal Services as soon as possible.
How is the IPV overpayment calculated?
For an overpayment that was due to purposely misleading DTA (intentional program violation), DTA calculates the difference between what you got and what you should have gotten after allowing all applicable deductions, but you will not get the 20% earned income deduction off your earned income. 106 C.M.R. § 367.500(A).