In its proposed Budget released on May 23, the Trump Administration proposed an "application fee" for retailers seeking to participate in the SNAP program and redeem SNAP benefits, formerly known as "food stamps." The fee would be paid during the authorization process (or reauthorization process for stores currently participating in the program). Store authorization lasts for several years.
The fee would be levied on a per-store basis (not per company), and would differ depending on how much business the store generates. For smaller retailers, the fee could be as little as $250, but for larger retailers it could amount to as much as $20,000.
NATSO opposes this proposal. Many NATSO members redeem SNAP benefits, and those that do play a critical role in enabling financially challenged Americans to obtain food, particularly in rural America. This fee could discourage SNAP retailers from participating in the program.
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