Q) Would I have to report any class-action lawsuit settlement money if it was for a physical injury? Is there a limit on the cash that’s in the bank acct., if it’s from the physical injury lawsuit,if I’m 60 yrs.old, and, disabled? How does all of that work?
A) If you have received a settlement from a class-action lawsuit, you may be wondering whether you need to report this money when applying for food stamps (SNAP benefits). The answer is yes, you are required to report any income or resources you have, including settlement money, when you apply for SNAP benefits.
When you apply for SNAP benefits, you will be asked to provide information about your income and resources. Settlement money is considered income, and you will need to report it as such. Failure to report this income could result in a loss of benefits or other penalties.
It’s important to note that the amount of settlement money you receive could impact your eligibility for SNAP benefits. The income and resource limits for SNAP are based on household size and income level. If the settlement money puts you over these limits, you may no longer be eligible for benefits.
If you are unsure about how to report your settlement money when applying for SNAP benefits, you should contact your local SNAP office for guidance. They can provide you with information on how to accurately report your income and resources and how it may affect your eligibility for benefits.
Food Stamp eligibility is based primarily on household income and certain expenses. Most applicants will not be asked for proof of money in the bank or other resources. Learn more and see if you are eligible by calling The FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.
To apply for benefits or for more information about SNAP, contact your local SNAP office. The local office may be listed under “Human Resources,” “Social Services,” “Food Stamps” or Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)” in the State or local government pages of the telephone directory. You may also call SNAP’s toll free line at 1-800-221-5689, or your State’s toll free information line or go to your State’s web site.
Many States have a locator on the web site that will tell you where the nearest office is. You can use our online pre-screening tool to find out if you might be eligible for SNAP benefits and how much you might receive in benefits. The pre-screening tool is private and easy-to-use. It is available in English and Spanish. If the pre-screening tool says you may be eligible for SNAP benefits, you still need to fill out an application and submit it to your local SNAP office if you want to apply for SNAP benefits.