Although my permanent resident green card expired about a year ago, instead of renewing it I am contemplating applying for citizenship instead of renewing card which is a better option for many reasons, including financially. However, I have not paid all my yearly federal work and or state w2 taxes for the past 10 years or so, for whatever reason and also I didn't make much. Including that past 2 years and maybe around the year 2008. (That I did not file or pay taxes from work income) . Also, I have been a college student and working part time on and offand many jobs have been off the books. A) Would any of the above reasons be a hinderance for me to applying for an attaining u.s. citizenship? B) Can I still pay taxes for years back? Does citizen application check tax records?
Payment of all taxes due is a requirement for naturalization. You must answer all questions truthfully on all immigration applications. Non-payment of taxes will likely result in denial of your application. If you enter an agreement with IRS for a payment plan of back taxes, and if you show that you are paying according to the agreement, then the tax issue would not likely lead to denial. Consult with an immigration attorney.
You should always use an immigration lawyer when applying for an immigration benefit if you value your ability to live and work in the U.S. I would strongly suggest that you refrain from posting blatant admission on this website concerning working "off the books". Suffice it to say that if you willfully failed to pay your taxes, you would have problems obtaining citizenship.
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