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Do certified copies of your State or Federal tax returns constitute evidence of wages?

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

1730. Do certified copies of your State or Federal tax returns constitute evidence of wages?

You may use certified copies of your State or Federal Income Tax Returns as evidence of wages if they show the actual wages paid to you. You can obtain certified copies of your Federal income tax returns from IRS for a small fee. You may use uncertified copies of State or Federal income tax returns only if you cannot obtain a certified copy.

Last Revised: March, 2001

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