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Here's anothe thought on sham00's problem:

Suppose he were to add a schedule C to his tax return. This schedule C could claim "income" in sufficient ammounts to pay SS taxes in sufficient amounts to earn the credits he needs to get his 40 "quarters" of credit.

Of course, he has to pay income taxes and SS taxes on this "income", but he gets his credits and he doesn't have to "work" for the credits other than adding the schedule C to his return.

Then there is the legal issue: Is it legal to claim and pay taxes on "ficitious" income? It may be illegal, but if it is, one cab only wonder why. I would think the IRS and taxpayers alike would rejoice if taxpayers would claim extra ficticious income AND pay taxes on it.

In the end, why can't sham00 send in the money and buy the credits he needs?

just a thought

Joe Varga
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