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Hello Ray. I am just putting the kids to bed. I hope to talk to you tonight with chat... Thanks, Graham
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Ray replied 11 months ago.

Graham welcome back, talk to you then.Thanks.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Hello.I now live over seas but unfortunately at 38 years old, I am 1 credit short of receiving SS benefits. Is there an easy way to fulfill overseas. Can I buy a 1500 dollar item, resell it on Ebay, and then claim that on my tax refund for the one credit.. Possible???? Keep in mind also that I havent filed in 9 years being overseas. It scares me to file... Thanks
Expert:  Ray replied 11 months ago.

Hi and welcome back to JA. Ray here to help.

If you are self-employed, you earn Social Security credits the same way employees do (one credit for each $1,220 in net earnings, but no more than four credits per year).

So you will need to claim income of at least $1,200 each quarter and file a

US federal tax return here.Then you receive credit for each quarter up to four in a year.

Reference

https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05

Expert:  Ray replied 11 months ago.

More for you here.

https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Self-Employed

Thanks again and good luck to you here.