The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in at least 22 states will continue to send extra money, in addition to a recipient's monthly benefits. The amount a household receives varies by size, but $95 is the minimum amount households must be given. And this is on top of the regular SNAP benefit amount you normally receive each month. A number of states have continued to approve the extension of emergency SNAP allotments month after month. And the way that money gets distributed to recipients is by getting the funds deposited onto an electronic benefits transfer (or EBT) card. This electronic benefits card is a plastic card used like any other debit card that has a preloaded amount of benefits distributed to it each month, corresponding to the benefit amount you and your household qualify for.

SNAP benefits can be used to purchase food for your family at authorized stores. And there are even a number of online retailers which accept SNAP as well. The following states, including Washington, DC, have issued official approvals for extending SNAP Emergency Allotments through the month of March, according to website. Keep in mind not all the states provided in this list are at all times accurate.

  • Alabama

  • Arizona

  • District of Columbia

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Michigan

  • New Jersey

  • New Mexico

  • North Carolina

  • North Dakota

  • Oklahoma

  • Pennsylvania

  • Rhode Island

  • South Carolina

  • Texas

  • Virginia

  • West Virginia

  • Wisconsin

Now if you don’t see your state on the list, this doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be receiving extended emergency SNAP benefits for the month of March. Your state may still approve emergency benefits in the next coming days and weeks.

Now since tax season is here, let me briefly discuss how SNAP beneficiaries can take advantage of tax deductions, based on your income status and household size. The way it works is that households can deduct certain expenses to meet the income requirements, in order to qualify for the SNAP program in their respective state. These deductions include a whole 20 percent of your earned income, additional standard deductions based on household size, medical expenses over $35 a month for elderly or disabled members, certain dependent care costs that are used for training, education or work, legally-owed child support, and a certain percentage of shelter costs. Moreover, individuals can take advantage of their child support payments by deducting them from their reportable income each month, as a way of meeting the required income thresholds to qualify for receiving extra benefits. And these income thresholds are largely dependent on the number of people in your household. The more people in your household, the more you may qualify for.

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