When I was applying for help with my energy costs, I was dismayed to be told that I needed to have a pay stub to show proof of the income I was claiming. I had no idea how to do this other than show them my entire tax return from the previous year, but they needed something more current. I am self-employed, so I don’t get paid from an employer. I decided the only thing I could do was go online and find a pay stub generator. I was not sure if this would be what they would accept, but I did not have a lot of options at this point.
I was not making a fake pay stub as the income I was putting on it was real. It was the actual income for the two pay stubs they wanted for the period they asked for. I do not know why some places cannot understand that there are people out here that work for themselves but do not make a fortune. I suppose that any time someone hears that you have your own business they think you must be making a lot of money. I am not all that far above the poverty level for income. That is why I am eligible for different assistance. My working at home is a real business as far as the IRS goes. I fill out a Schedule C on my taxes every year. I just do not make a lot of money. It is about as much as a minimum wage job.
My pay stubs I made were 100 percent accurate for the income, and they sufficed to get me the help I needed. I even explained to the person taking them that I had those generated online as I do not get individual pay stubs since I work for myself. They told me as long as the numbers were accurate, they did not care. I just needed to prove what I made in the last month. I try to comply with every rule, but some places make you really go through a lot to do it.