When do you have to report changes?

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Produced by Deborah Harris and Betsy Gwin, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed December 2022

DTA regulations say for TAFDC you have to report changes that could make you ineligible or decrease your benefits within 10 days. You do not have to report changes in earned income of less than $100 a month. 106 C.M.R. § 701.420 DTA Online Guide.

DTA may send you a notice telling you to provide proof of the change. You should have 20 days to respond to the notice. DTA Online Guide (Verifications at Case Maintenance).

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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