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Instructions for Schedule M (Form 1040A or 1040)
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General Instructions(p1)

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What's New(p1)

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Schedule M can no longer be used to take a government retiree credit. The government retiree credit was available only for 2009.
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Who Can Take the Credit(p1)

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You may be able to take the credit if you have earned income from work. The credit can be as much as $400 ($800 if married filing jointly).
You cannot take the credit if:
The credit is reduced if you (or your spouse, if filing jointly) received a $250 economic recovery payment in 2010. See the instructions for line 10.
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Social security number.(p1)
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To take the credit, you must include your social security number (if filing a joint return, the number of either you or your spouse) on your return. A social security number does not include an identification number issued by the IRS. Only the Social Security Administration issues social security numbers.
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Effect of Credit on Welfare Benefits(p1)

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Any refund you receive as a result of the credit will not be used to determine if you are eligible for the following programs, or how much you can receive from them. But if the refund you receive because of the credit is not spent within a certain period of time, it may count as an asset (or resource) and affect your eligibility.