TN 4 (09-85)
The Grigg Acquiescence Ruling, applicable at all adjudicative levels, pertains to whether an
IRS Form 1099 filed by a third party constitutes an “informational return” within the meaning of section 205(c)(5)(F) of the Act, in order to permit inclusion of SEI for a barred year in an individual's
Mr. Grigg filed a DIB claim and was denied for lack of insured status. Mr. Grigg attempted
to establish additional QC's for 1956 and 1957 based on IRS Form 1099 (ie., information
returns about certain kinds of payments made to a taxpaper) filed with IRS by the
Detroit Conservatory of Music. Mr. Grigg did not file 1956 or 1957 tax returns and
the statutory limitation for correcting the E/R had run.
When the time limit for correction of the E/R has expired and the NH did not file
a timely tax return of SEI for that year, the absence of an entry of SEI for that
year is considered conclusive evidence that no such income was earned during that
The timely filing of Form 1099 by a third party is not considered filing a tax return
by the NH for purposes of correcting the E/R.
In the Grigg decision, the court applied section 205(c)(5)(F) and required SSA to credit the NH with SEI for the year, even though he did not file
a tax return for the year. The court found that the 1099 forms filed by the Detroit
Conservatory of Music satisfied the requirements for inclusion as “tax returns or portions thereof including information returns and other written statements)
filed with the Commissioner of Internal Revenue.”
The NH resides in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, or Tennessee at the time of the determination
or decision at any level of Administrative review; i.e., initial, reconsideration,
Administrative Law Judge hearing or Appeals Council review.
In which the NH did not file an income tax return reflecting SEI; and
For which the statutory time limitation for filing a tax return and correcting the
E/R has run.
The worker's receipt of SEI is documented by Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 and
The Form 1099 is timely filed by disinterested third parties;and
The Form 1099 reflects payments to the worker in the period alleged.
NOTE: In order to credit SEI under the Grigg decision all of the above requirements must
be met and may not be substituted for any other required procedures.
Since the Form 1099 will show only the gross amount of money paid to the NH, determine
the amount of NESE (i.e., the amount received shown on the 1099 should be reduced
by the amount of worker's deductible expenses).
Prepare SSA-7000-U5 to correct the E/R.
Prepare a special determination if SEI is based on Grigg. Send a copy to
Mark the envelope Grigg v. Finch.