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14. What proofs are optional?

ALERT:  Many of the rules in the SNAPAdvocacy Guide do NOT apply during the pandemic. Please go to the following COVID-19 & DTA benefits page: https://www.masslegalservices.org/DTA-COVID-19 until further notice for more information about changes.

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 Questions 73 and 79 through 86.