Is your income low enough to qualify you for the Lifeline Assistance/Affordable Connectivity Program? If so, you’ll need to get your hands on some documents to prove it. Luckily, you can prove it in a number of different ways with a number of different documents.
Make sure not just that you submit the proper documents, but that you submit those documents properly. That is, make sure they are clear enough to be read easily, and that all the information is include (that is, make sure nothing is cut off when you copy the document).
Here are all of the kinds of document your service provider will accept as proof of low income?
- Paycheck stubs (the last 3 consecutive)
- Income Statement or W-2 form from employer
- Prior year’s state or Federal income tax return
- Retirement or pension statement of benefits
- Social Security statement of benefits
- Unemployment or Workers’ Comp statement of benefits
- Veterans Administration (VA) statement of benefits
- Child support award
- Divorce decree
- Federal notice letter of participation in General Assistance
But what If you are self-employed or you do not receive regular pay stubs? What documents should you submit in those cases? You may be able to prove your income by providing a letter from your employer. That letter will need to include detailed information about your job including your hourly or annual pay rate, and how many hours you work per week or month.
NOTE: Income limits for Lifeline/ACP vary by state, so make sure you check the state-by-state guidelines for your specific state before applying.