What information can I self-declare?

We are in the process of updating the SNAP Advocacy Guide, so some of the information is no longer current.  In the meantime, you can read or download a pdf of the 2022 guide from www.masslegalservices.org/FoodStampSNAPAdvocacyGuide

Produced by Patricia Baker and Victoria Negus, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed January 2020

You can self-declare the following information for SNAP eligibility:

  • Your household composition – for example, if you live with others but purchase and prepare most of your food separately.
  • The U.S. citizenship of any household member.
  • Your date of birth.
  • Your shelter expenses such as your rent or homeownership costs, and the type of utilities you pay for.
  • Your child care or adult dependent care expenses.

See a list of SNAP verifications at application:106 C.M.R. §§ 361.610

DTA should accept your self-declaration unless DTA determines the information is questionable. See What if DTA does not accept the proofs I sent them? You can write down this information on your SNAP Application, Recertification or Interim Report forms. You can also send DTA a written statement that you sign and date, or report certain by uploading them to your case through DTA Connect. See Appendix C Dependent Child Care Deduction and Sample Declaration and Appendix C Sample Declaration of Shelter Costs.

DTA Online Guide: Cross Programs > Verifications > Verifications Overview > Signatures on Verifications

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