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How to Prove Income

If a consumer household’s gross annual income is 135% or less than the federal poverty guidelines, they qualify for the EBB Program.

To prove their gross annual income, consumers must provide a document that clearly shows their income information, such as:

  • The prior year’s state, federal, or Tribal tax return
  • Current income statement from an employer or paycheck stub
  • Social Security statement of benefits
  • Unemployment or Workers’ Compensation statement of benefits
  • Divorce decree, child support award, or other official document containing income information

If a member of a consumer’s household experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 and their household income in 2020 was at or below a maximum limit ($99,000 for single filers or $198,000 for joint filers), their household also qualifies for the EBB Program.

To prove this status, showing loss of income is only half of the requirement. Consumers must also show that their annual household income in 2020 was at or below the above limits. So, they will need two documents: one to show their income change and one to show their current income.

Use the list below to find acceptable documents:

  • Loss of income documents (dated on or after February 29, 2020):
    • Layoff/furlough notice
    • Unemployment application, approval letter, or benefit statement
  • Current income documents:
    • 2020 state, federal, or Tribal tax return
    • Social Security statement of benefits
    • Veterans Administration statement of benefits
    • Retirement or pension statement of benefits
    • Unemployment or Worker’s Compensation statement of benefits
    • Divorce decree, child support award, or a similar official document showing their income

Learn more about how to submit these documents, or, if you are a consumer, visit USAC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit consumer website.