When can DTA take money back?

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Produced by Deborah Harris, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Created December 2017

DTA sometimes takes back benefits that were deposited to your EBT account. DTA calls this "explunging" benefits.

  • DTA expunges TAFDC benefits in an EBT account that were not accessed for 90 days. You can ask DTA to give you back the benefits that were expunged, but DTA will only give you back the benefits if you can show that there was an emergency or similar reason you could not access the benefits. 106 C.M.R. § 706.420(D). DTA Operations Memos 2014-8 (Feb. 6, 2014), 2014-9 (Feb. 6, 2014).
  • If your TAFDC EBT balance goes over the $2,500 asset limit. DTA may stop your TAFDC benefits. The $2,500 limit does not include the current month’s benefits and does not include benefits that were put in your account to correct an underpayment. DTA Operations Memo 2014-8 (Feb. 6, 2014).

Advocacy Reminder:

  • DTA cannot expunge benefits that are deposited to a bank account. 

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