I have been living in Guatemala for almost 30 years and am now about to claim SS. I checked on-line and I have sufficient credits.
My local embassy is less than helpful (not to mention rude) and they told me to go on-line directly.
I texted SSA and they form-lettered me to contact IRS.
I texted IRS and they form-lettered me to contact SSA.
I have not had enough income for the last few years to file a tax return. (Under $3950)
I would like to know if I should file a return anyway, just to facilitate the approval of benefits. I would prefer not to do this as my wife is a foreign national and IRS is requiring all kinds of information on her (such as ITIN) and this is difficult to do from here.