Legal Insights

SNAP Disqualification: Delivery Routes

SNAP Disqualification: Delivery Routes About once a year, the USDA comes out with a portion of the retailer market that it wants to reduce in size.  Typically, they focus on smaller stores and smaller business owners who don’t have the ability to defend themselves the way Walmart does.  The Department’s goal is usually to issue...

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SNAP Permanent Disqualification

Permanent Disqualification from SNAP Permanent disqualification from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a big problem.  It doesn’t just limit your store’s ability to accept EBT, it impacts your personal credit and reputation for the rest of your life.  To add insult to injury, it will also result in a Transfer Civil Money Penalty...

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SNAP Trafficking: What You Need to Know

Trafficking in SNAP Benefits Trafficking in SNAP Benefits is the worse offense an EBT retailer can be accused of.  It’s also the most common SNAP violation that the USDA charges.  If your store has been accused of trafficking, the penalties are harsh and swift, and it is possible that criminal charges could be involved.  However,...

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SNAP Trafficking: Retailer's Response Guide

SNAP Trafficking Attorney: Retailer Response So, you have a SNAP Violation Charge Letter, and hopefully you’ve read Part 1 of this guide.  Now that you understand what the USDA is accusing you of, and what they’re using to accuse you, it’s time to figure out your response. I’ll be blunt: on average you have a...

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SNAP Trafficking: An Explanation Guide

SNAP Trafficking Attorney: Retailer’s Guide Did you get a letter from the USDA telling you that the Department is charging you with trafficking in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits?  My name is Andrew Tapp and I am a SNAP Trafficking Attorney.  My firm and I represent more SNAP retailers in the United States than...

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SNAP Retailer Dairy Requirements

SNAP Re-authorization: SNAP Dairy Inventory Deficiency Did you receive a licensing authorization letter from the USDA for dairy inventory problems?  Often, the USDA will claim that your store doesn’t satisfy the criteria because it lacks dairy products.  Over the past year, this claim by the USDA has been very common.  It is a result of...

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SNAP Re-Authorization for Retailers

Navigating through the SNAP Reauthorization Process If you are an authorized retailer, you are required to submit a SNAP reauthorization every five years. This is designed to determine your continued eligibility to participate as a SNAP retailer.  Without a successful re-authorization, you’ll lose your EBT sales. Over the years, the authorization requirements for SNAP have...

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SNAP Violation Defense

SNAP Violation Defense What You Need to Know: Unlike many other state and federal agencies, the USDA is not a business friendly agency.  Since 2013, the Department has spent a considerable amount of time seeking to disqualify small stores.  It is their belief that the majority of trafficking that occurs on SNAP happens at small stores...

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SNAP Violation Charge Letters – What Not to Say to the USDA

SNAP Violation Charge Letters A SNAP Violation Charge Letter from the USDA looks simple enough when you receive it from UPS.  There are either specific allegations about a store visit, or a list of categories for “suspicious transactions” your store has run.  In appearance, it isn’t much different from what other state agencies and departments...

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SNAP Defense of a Grocery Store

Grocery Store The store owner of a large Asian grocery store in Minnesota was proud of how she had grown her company.  Since the 1990’s, her grocery store had moved from a 3,000 square foot space into a 20,000 square foot commercial building.  The store boasted nearly a hundred employees and four specialty departments.  Its customers...

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