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Important EBT information
Each EBT Application requires a certain amount of information regarding the applicant’s personal history. FNS will also ask about the history of your business (including the financial history of your operation), and how the business is generally managed. Sometimes the USDA will require a store to supplement its EBT business application. The USDA often asks the store owner(s) to produce information and documents to demonstrate that the applicant(s) is the actual owner or who will be running the store. Other documents the Department may require include: your personal tax returns, your business licenses, your lottery and liquor licenses, your bank records and a personal affidavit.
More recently, the USDA has been concerned with eliminating carry-out stores, small stores without sufficient inventory, and store owners with any criminal background. explanations to the Department. We have fought a number of application denial appeals as well, and won licenses for our clients’ stores. Our team can help to make sure that the Department receives the information it requests, while making certain that you avoid costly mistakes that could result in a denial of your EBT application.
Store Eligibility Requirements
SNAP authorized stores must meet one of two staple food requirements:
Criterion A - staple food inventory; or
Criterion B - staple food sales
Staple foods are the basic foods that make up a significant portion of a person’s diet. They are usually prepared at home and eaten as a meal. They do not include prepared foods, heated foods, or accessory foods.
Staple food categories:
vegetables or fruits
meat, poultry, or fish
breads or cereals
A store must have 3 stocking units of 3 different varieties for each staple food category on a continuous basis. For 2 staple food categories, there must be at least 1 perishable variety. Most stores are authorized under Criterion A.
A store must have more than 50 percent of its total gross retail sales from the sale of staple foods. Specialty stores, like butcher shops, are often authorized under Criterion B
Determination of authorization
An applicant shall provide sufficient data and information on the nature and scope of the firm's business for FNS to determine whether the applicant's participation will further the purposes of the program. Upon request, an applicant shall provide documentation to FNS to verify information on the application. Such information may include, but is not limited to, State and local business licenses, Social Security cards, drivers' licenses, photographic identification cards, bills of sale, deeds, leases, sales contracts, State certificates of incorporation, sales records, invoice records and business-related tax records.
Retail food stores and wholesale food concerns and other entities eligible for authorization also shall be required to sign a release form which will authorize FNS to verify all relevant business related tax filings with appropriate agencies. In addition, they must obtain corroborating documentation from other sources as deemed necessary to ensure the legitimacy of applicant firms, as well as the accuracy of information provided by the stores and concerns. Failure to comply with any request for information or failure to sign a written release form shall result in denial of the application for authorization or withdrawal of a firm or concern from the program.
Due to the new Farm Bill Act passed by Congress on Feb 7th 2014 P.L. 113-179, which reauthorizes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) This new bill has eliminated the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) free equipment program for retailers in all of the United States. Retailers must now purchase their EBT /SNAP machine or pos equipment. Any machine or pos equipment can be purchase by calling Tel. 1800-642-9632
Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) now SNAP is growing at a tremendous rate. Government programs such as state issued food stamps, Women/ Infants/ Children (WIC) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), issue benefits on an electronic card known as an EBT now SNAP card. The card issued is similar to a debit card, as the cardholder has a specific personal identification number (PIN) that must be used when accessing their funds. To process an EBT /SNAP card, the card is run through an electronic payment system that authorizes the transfer of the card holder's government benefits to the retailer for payment of products received.
In many states EBT /SNAP cards are the primary source for government issued benefits such as food stamps. In fact, more than 80 percent of food stamp benefits that are issued today are issued on EBT /SNAP cards. Many experts predict that other benefits such as social security will also be issued on an EBT card in the future, which will require more merchants to accept the government issued card.
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Call Tel. 1800-642-9633 to speak with an agent and find out how to accept EBT at your business
Retailers can choose from one of our new POS systems to accept EBT/SNAP.
New businesses can now bundle Visa, Master Card, Amx and Debit / Atm with their EBT equipment . Ask us about setting up EBT on your ATM Machine.
Pay nothing down on lease Equipment.
Generally, SNAP does not allow participants to redeem benefits at restaurants. Your firm is considered a restaurant if more than 50% of your total gross retail sales come from sales of hot or cold prepared foods intended for immediate consumption. Only restaurants located in a State that operates the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) State Option can participate in SNAP.
EBT SNAP NEWS:
Effective immediately, retail food stores licensed by USDA and located in the following California counties may accept SNAP benefits in exchange for HOT foods and foods intended to be consumed on retailer premises: Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, Placer, Sacramento, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Ventura and Yolo. These special rules are in effect through February 20, 2023. When hot foods are purchased with EBT benefits, the purchases are NOT subject to sales tax, as the foods mentioned above are considered SNAP eligible during this period. We encourage SNAP authorized retailers in the above counties to post a notice in the store letting SNAP customers know that they can use their EBT benefits to purchase hot foods and may remain on premises to consume the foods. Thank you for assisting those impacted by power outages.
EBT Retailer Application Services, services more that 50,000 retailers nationwide. We are professionals who are passionate about making our clients feel great when conducting business. Our solutions provide scalable, flexible, and adaptable solutions to a broad range of government services. We are a first stop for new and existing retailers, service business and Municipal agencies.
Important information about the FNS program:
If your business has be disqualified permanently from the program you may not apply for SNAP, however you can apply to accept EBT cash benefits. EBT cash benefits is a separate program from SNAP. You can contact us by phone or email for more information.
Please be aware SNAP permits are not transferable. Choose from a selection of POS equipment or machines.
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EBT Acceptance Information
Can I accept the EBT card in US territories? Yes you can.
The EBT card is used in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Hawaii and Guam.
A retailer applying for EBT must now sign a four year processing agreement with EBT Retailer Application Services. This is a separate agreement from the USDA's FNS application permit process and agreement. Cash acceptance benefits take about 24 to 48 hours for approval from submission of application.
EBT is called by different names in some states eg: Texas - (Lone Star) Idaho - (Quest Card) Florida - (Access Card) California - ( Cal Fresh) Remember all cards are still referred to as Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards (EBT). Snap is referred to as Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. The program cost the U.S Government about 85 billions dollars a year to run. It part of the USDA food program for the poor.
SNAP food program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture. Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Retailers FNS applications are processed by the the USDA.
A merchant sometime must wait up to 45 days for any reply from the USDA. Some merchant's locations may require a site inspection. In these cases a third party private company may perform the site inspection for the USDA.