Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR)
If you are getting
TANF (cash assistance) benefits this information is important for you to keep your benefits.
Semi-Annual Reporting will start again in April 2022!
Due to a waiver in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR) was paused in 2020. That waiver has now ended, and SAR is starting again April 2022. Be on the lookout for your SAR paperwork to arrive in the mail.
What is SAR?
SAR is the process of sharing any changes in your household (income, the people living in your household, where you live, etc.) so that your benefits remain correct. It is due six (6) months after your application is approved or six (6) months after you have your renewal and renewal interview. You will need to complete SAR to keep receiving your benefit payments.
Who will this effect?
SNAP and/or TANF (cash assistance) benefits recipients. SNAP recipients will not get and do not need to complete SAR if:
- Every member in the household is at least 60 years old and/or has a disability; and
- No member of the household has earned income; and
- Every member purchases and prepares meals together.
How do you complete SAR?
- IN-PERSON: SAR paperwork will be mailed to you automatically. Once completed, please return your forms to your local County Assistance Office. SAR forms can be returned via mail, in-person drop-off, or by using the drop box outside your local County Assistance Office.
- ONLINE: You can also complete the SAR on the MyCOMPASS PA mobile app from your mobile device. The MyCOMPASS PA mobile app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
When is the SAR deadline?
There will be a date printed on your SAR paperwork. It is important that you complete and submit your SAR by this due date or your benefits could stop. If your benefits are going to close because you did not complete and return your SAR forms, you will receive a Late/Incomplete Notice in the mail telling you that your benefits will stop.
- You can reapply for benefits at any time.
If you have questions about SAR, please contact your caseworker directly or call the Statewide Customer Service Center at 1-877-395-8930 or 215-560-7226 in Philadelphia.