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I am originally from eastern Europe and I can assure your it is not just in Guatemala. Anyway, yes as long as you have something reasonably legal looking, IRS will accept it. To be honest with you, IRS really don't have a choice. They cannot control foreign governments or legal paperwork or make foreign authorities to file out official IRS form. There are not standards when it comes to proving foreign transactions. You use what you can get. While it is up to you to proof the deduction, it is up to IRS to proof the income.