Do not deny a SNAP application based solely on an unverified statement of household income. If a household states on the SNAP application or during the interview that its income exceeds the gross income limit, request verification of income and continue the 30-day application process with the household.
If the household fails to provide timely verification of income, deny SNAP benefits for failure to provide verification.
If the household provides timely verification that shows its non-exempt income exceeds the gross income limit, then the application may be denied for SNAP based on the SNAP household's income exceeding the gross income standard for the household size.. This only applies to households that are subject to a gross income limit to qualify for SNAP.
Example: Mr. J applies for SNAP for himself, his wife and 3 children. At the interview Mr. J states he is employed and earns around $4,500 monthly. The gross monthly income standard for a household of 5 is $4,149. The HSC does not have proof of Mr. J's income at the time of the interview to determine if it actually exceeds the gross monthly income standard for a household of 5. The HSC gives Mr. J a 267 VCL to request his paystubs and allows 10 calendar days for return. If Mr. J returns his paystubs the HSC can determine if his income exceeds the standard and may deny the application for that reason. If Mr. J does not return his paystubs the application is denied because he failed to provide verification and eligibility cannot be determined.