Do you have to pay food stamp tax? The rules explained


As people start getting ready to file their taxes, you might be wondering if you should pay food stamp taxes.

Here’s the information you need to know for the 2022 tax season.


Around 42 million people are currently receiving cash through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Do you have to pay food stamp tax?

No, you do not have to pay taxes on food stamps, also known as SNAP.

Under federal law, food stamps are considered taxable income.

You also don’t need to report their value on your annual tax return.

However, although a person is not taxed on food stamps, a person cannot claim food stamps – or any other form of public assistance – as income on their federal tax returns as earned income tax credit eligibility.

During this time, your tax filing affects your SNAP benefits and if your income exceeds certain thresholds, you may be disqualified from the program.

Is there sales tax on items purchased with SNAP?

SNAP recipients do not pay state or local sales taxes on the food and beverages they purchase with SNAP benefits.

This is also federal law.

So, for example, if you buy a soda in a state that taxes a soda at $2, there would be no sales tax applied if you buy the soda with an EBT card, which is how SNAP claimants get their benefits.

EBT cards can be used at authorized retailers – you can find one in your area by checking the SNAP Retailer Finder.

How to apply for food stamps

You must apply for SNAP in the state where you currently reside.

Each state has a different application form and process.

Generally, SNAP is limited to people whose gross income does not exceed 130% of the federal poverty level.

There are also other requirements that states may set, such as the amount you have in your bank account.

To begin the application process today, call your local SNAP office.

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