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SNAP (Food Stamps) Work Incentives

 

Graphic image representing work incentives, showing person at computer with another person looking over his shoulder.The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamp Program) includes several provisions that are intended to help participants prepare for employment and become employed or self-employed. They are designed to help you enter or reenter the workforce. You are encouraged to work or to seek education or training for future employment. Work Incentives are intended to give you some of the support you need while you try to move from benefit dependency to increased self-sufficiency.

        Dependent Care Deduction: Households may deduct all (before 10/01/2008 there was a maximum amount or cap) of the cost of caring for dependent children or adults if that care is needed to prepare for employment or to be employed or self-employed.

         Earned Income Deduction: When calculating the Food Stamps benefit, 20% of gross earned countable income is deducted.

         Farming Loss Deduction: Farmers are eligible for an unearned income deduction for any costs that exceed the income derived from self-employment as a farmer.

         Work Deduction (Mississippi): The State of Mississippi has an additional work deduction.


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