At first glance, an application for food stamps looks complicated. There is no doubt that there is a lot of required information and all of it is going to be taken into consideration when the state or country determines your eligibility and the amount of food stamps you will receive monthly. There are some definite dos and don’ts when it comes to filling out the application.
First of all, although this should go without saying, make sure everything entered onto the application is spelled correctly. If you enter your address or your telephone number incorrectly, the social services department may not be able to contact you.
Make sure you list every person who lives in your home and their financial contribution to your household. You will need complete names, social security numbers and birth dates for all of the occupants of your home. The social services office will ask you if other adult members of your household provide and cook their own foods.
You will also be asked for detailed financial information. If you are working, you will have to provide at least one month’s worth of pay stubs or direct deposit information. You’ll also need to provide proof of bank account balances as well as investments and other sources of income. If you are self-employed or working as an independent contractor, you may need to provide references from the people who employ you or use your services. Though this may seem embarrassing, it is necessary if you want to apply for benefits.
Before you send in your digital or paper application, read over it very carefully again checking for mistakes and to make sure that all information has been included. If your information is inaccurate or incomplete, social services will have to ask you to provide the requested information and this will cause your application to take longer to approve.
The main thing you need to remember is to give all of your information accurately and honestly. Though many people think that they can cheat the system or lie about their income or the people who live with them, this will most likely catch up with them. A few extra dollars per month is simply not worth a conviction for welfare fraud. You will also be ordered by the courts to repay any of the money that was awarded to you in error. You can also be barred from applying for benefits in the future.