A Food Stamp Fraud Law Firm With A Through Understanding of Food Stamp Eligibility

To determine whether you are eligible for food stamps, you have to 1) determine your family size, and then 2) your income. A particular SNAP budget must be calculated for your household in order to determine the eligibility and benefit amounts for your family.

Income for food stamp eligibility purposes means your household total gross monthly income before taxes and withholding are deducted. Income for food stamp purposes includes any other government assistance. This can include unemployment insurance benefits, other public assistance payments, social security benefits, or SSI. However, there are also certain deductions that can be  taken from your household income. If a member of your household pays child support for a child who does not live with you, this amount can be deducted from your household’s gross income.

Allowable Resources for Food Stamp Eligibility in New York

Under current NY law, SNAP recipients are allowed to have balances in a checking or savings account, a retirement account such as a 401K, Roth IRA, or IRA and in a college savings account such as a 529. Previously, SNAP recipients had to pass a resource or savings test in order to be eligible for SNAP benefits. The application process would take into consideration the household’s total assets. This would include stock, savings account, checking accounts, retirement accounts, etc)

Eligibility Guidelines for 2014. No Elderly or Disabled Family Members

Family Size Monthly Gross Income Annual Gross Income
1 $1,265.00 $15,180.00
2 $1,705.00 $20,460.00
3 $2,144.00 $25,728.00
4 $2,584.00 $31,008.00
Each Additional Family Member