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Documentation of Income Eligibility

In order for you to qualify for Lifeline benefits based on your household income being at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, you must provide proof of household income.

Acceptable forms of proof of income are:

  • The prior year's state, federal, or Tribal tax return
  • Three consecutive months worth of income statements from an employer or paycheck stubs within the current calendar year
  • Social Security statement of benefits
  • Veterans Administration statement of benefits
  • Retirement / Pension statement of benefits
  • Unemployment / Workman's Compensation statement of benefits
  • Federal or Tribal notice letter of participation in General Assistance
  • Divorce decree, child support award, or other official financial document containing income information for at least three month's time.

If you present documentation of income that does not cover a full year, such as current pay stubs, you must present three consecutive months worth of the same types of document within that calendar year.

Lifeline Eligibility

Those people who are not getting beneifits from a qualifying program, you could qualify for the program by showing that your household income is below a certain level. To qualify using income for the household, you'll need to show proof of your total income. See a list of choices to the right to be used as proof.

Household can be defined to be a group of individuals or even a single individual residing at the single address and function as an economic unit.
An economic unit would be all of the adults who provide income for that household and share in the expenses.

Qualification for lifeline can be obtained if you can show documented proof that you participate in a qualifying government assistance program.

Any document supplied by to to show household income proof is NOT retained by the Lifeline cellular service provider. Once the document has been reviewed, it will be destroyed.