How to Handle Benefit Overpayment in Ohio
SNAP overpayment in Ohio can be an issue for both the EBT recipient and the state. Individuals who receive a food stamps overpayment will need to pay back the excess funds by a set date, and failure to do so can result in the suspension of further food assistance and legal penalties if the person meant to defraud the government. The state uses a distinct calculation method to determine how much households are required to pay back, and it must notify benefit recipients of an overpayment. If you do not know who to notify of SNAP overpayment, then continue reading the following information.
Do you have to pay back food stamps in Ohio?
You will be notified of a SNAP overpayment in Ohio if more than a certain amount has overpaid you. In some counties, you may need to remedy your food stamps overpayment if it is less than this amount, as some counties have the right to pursue collections regardless of the amount. The county you reside in will send your household a written notification of overpayment. The due date of your repayment will be no later than 30 days after the notification is written. If you are unable to make a payment in full, then the county may allow you to pay what you owe in installments. If you do not correct your benefit overpayment, then the county has the right to deduct what you owe from future EBT payments if you are currently receiving food assistance.
How does the county calculate an Ohio SNAP overpayment?
To calculate an Ohio SNAP overpayment, the government will review at least the last 12 months before it was made aware of the overpayment. It may not calculate a food stamps overpayment that occurred more than six years before it became aware of it. If the state believes the benefit recipient meant to receive an overpayment of funds, then it will begin to calculate the amount starting on the date of the intentional act. The county will reference the amount the recipient should have received and subtract it from the amount the recipient actually received, leaving the overpayment amount. This benefit overpayment amount will be entered into a statewide eligibility system, and the benefit recipient will no longer have to make payments when the overpayment amount and the amount of SNAP benefits they should have received both equal zero.
Learn more about how SNAP benefits are calculated and the maximum amount recipients can expect to receive by downloading our in-depth guide.
Repayment of Food Stamp Overpayment in Ohio
If you owe the state due to an overpayment of SNAP benefits, then it is important to know how to repay the food assistance program for overpayment. You can pay your bill for food stamps overpayment in Ohio by bank draft if you have a checking or savings account. To remedy a SNAP overpayment with electronic funds, you will need to pay a nominal fee before anything can be taken out of your bank account. This fee will be included in with your payment. You may make a payment online at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), and you will need to provide your name, address, claimant ID and a contact number you can be reached at. You will also need to provide the account and routing number associated with your account. You may repay a SNAP overpayment via bank draft if you do not have your claimant ID (printed on your overpayment determination), as the system will also accept the last four digits of your Social Security Number.
You may also make your repayment of food stamp overpayment online using a credit card at the site mentioned above. There is a transaction fee associated with this payment method that is a percentage of the payment amount. To pay back your SNAP over-payment, you will need to use a VISA, MasterCard or Discover Card, and you will need to provide your name, address, contact information and claimant ID or Social Security Number. You will also need to have your credit card on hand to enter the information printed on it.
If you need to make a repayment of food stamp overpayment and you do not have access to the internet, then you may send your payment in the mail. To do this, you will need a credit card and your claimant ID or Social Security Number. You can send your SNAP overpayment funds to the state ODJFS in Columbus along with the necessary information. If you have any questions or concerns, then you may call the ODJFS and speak with a representative.
For comprehensive information about applying to SNAP in Ohio successfully, download our free guide.
Disputing an Ohio SNAP Overpayment Claim
When you receive a letter regarding SNAP overpayment in Ohio, you have the right to a hearing if you do not agree with the county decision. If the food stamps overpayment is an agency error (the fault of the county), then the benefit recipient may not be required to repay the funds. The following issues are classified as agency errors if the state:
- Does not take a reported change of income or employment information into consideration.
- Incorrectly calculates the income or deductions of the recipient.
- Accidentally sends a duplicate EBT card.
- Provides EBT benefits to a recipient without conducting a reapplication interview.
- Fails to alter the food assistance a person receives due to public grant changes.
Any issues regarding SNAP overpayment will be handled in an administrative hearing or addressed during an investigation. If it is discovered an individual meant to defraud the government of SNAP funds, then the individual will be barred from participating in any state food assistance program for a period of 10 years. This food stamp overpayment regulation will be applied to any person or group who misleads the government to receive an overpayment of $500 or more.