Saturday, September 14, 2013

SNAP fraud not a problem

Some Republican leaders have sought to portray SNAP as rife with fraud and abuse to help justify their proposals. BUT SNAP one of the most efficient and effective federal programs. The SNAP overpayment rate—the share of benefits either issued to ineligible households or overpaid to eligible households—was just 2.77% last year. When you subtract SNAP underpayments—benefits that should have gone to eligible participating households but didn’t because of errors—the net loss to the government last year was about 2% of benefits.  By contrast, the IRS estimates that about 15% of income taxes go unpaid.

Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 9/11/13, SNAP Fraud

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