What proofs are optional?

We are in the process of updating the SNAP Advocacy Guide, so some of the information is no longer current.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
Created January 2020

DTA needs certain information about your expenses to calculate the amount of your SNAP. These are optional verifications.

If you do not provide information or required proofs for the expenses, DTA cannot deny your benefits – but the SNAP amount will be calculated without these deductions. 106 C.M.R. § 364.450(B).

Optional proofs include shelter costs, child or adult dependent care costs, medical costs, child support paid, and business expenses. See:

How is self-employment income counted? and

What deductions are allowed against my income? 

What medical expenses can I claim if I am elderly or disabled?

Can I claim the medical expenses I used for my public or subsidized housing rent?

What is the child support deduction?

What is the child care/dependent care deduction?

What is the Standard Utility Allowance and what is Heat and Eat?

What is the shelter deduction and is it calculated? and

What is the homeless deduction?

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