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I-864 Does Total Income at Q.25 need to match the w-2 figure?

Mount Vernon, WA |

I'm assisting my USC brother-in-law complete the I-864 as a co-sponsor in advance of my visa interview in London in a couple of weeks. We have all the necessary documentation, however:
The wages,salaries, tips etc. figure on the 1040 (Q.7 of the 1040) matches the w-2, but the total income (Q.22 of the 1040) is slightly lower. Which figure do I use on at Q.25 of the I-864 - the figure that matches the w-2, or the slightly lower total income figure?

Very grateful of any assistance.

(City and State referred to below is where I'll be, currently in the UK)

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You need to indicate the total income on the 1040 form which won't necessarily be the same as the wages on the W-2.

If you require more detailed advice I'm based in central London and can meet with you for a consultation prior to your interview.

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We always use the adjusted gross income

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I agree with my colleagues.

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