Do I have to repay my SNAP benefits paid in error?

unemployed_questionA) Yes, if you received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits that were paid in error, you may be required to repay them to the government. Errors can occur due to mistakes made by the SNAP agency or by the participant, such as misreporting income or household size.

If you receive an overpayment of SNAP benefits due to an error, you will receive a notice from the SNAP agency explaining the overpayment and the amount that you owe. You will be given the opportunity to request a hearing to dispute the overpayment or to set up a payment plan to repay the debt.

The SNAP agency can recover the overpayment by reducing your future SNAP benefits or by requiring you to make cash payments. Failure to repay an overpayment can result in the SNAP agency taking legal action against you to recover the debt.

It’s important to report any changes in income or household size promptly to the SNAP agency to avoid receiving overpayments and potential repayment obligations. Additionally, if you believe that an overpayment was not your fault or you cannot afford to repay it, you should contact the SNAP agency to discuss your options.

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