When do you have to report changes?

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

DTA regulations say you have to report changes that could make you ineligible or decrease your benefits within 10 days. This includes changes in income or assets or who lives with you. 106 C.M.R. § 701.420.  However, DTA says you have to report new income over $100 a month within 10 days. DTA Online Guide Transmittal 2017-68 (Sep. 29, 2017). 

Report changes that will increase your benefits, such as a drop in income, at any time.

Because it is hard to know what changes you have to report, it is good to report other changes promptly, too. For example, you should report a change of address even if it will not affect your eligibility so that DTA notices will not be mailed to the wrong address.

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