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I think this is your answer. It is a pretty low bar.

Special rules for earning Social Security coverage apply to certain types of work.

If you are self-employed, you earn Social Security credits the same way employees do (one credit for each $1,120 in net earnings, but no more than four credits per year). Special rules apply if you have net annual earnings of less than $400. For more information, ask for If You Are Self-Employed (Publication No. 05-10022).

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Anyone born in 1929 or later needs 10 years of work (40 credits) to be eligible for retirement benefits. People born before 1929 need fewer years of work.
http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10072.html

I see no advantage to tweaking reported income because it is likely he/she has already capped out. 40 credits should be relatively easy to earn if he/she is earning enough to have to pay taxes.

jack
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