If I am undocumented in the U.S. for the last 8 years, should I file tax returns if I want to be eligible for immigration reform

Asked over 1 year ago - New York, NY

I have been here for the last years working as a cleaner and want to stay if immigration reform is passed..I have not ever filed tax returns and a friend told me that I should start paying taxes if I want to be eligible..not sure what that means as I cannot afford to pay back taxes and filing April 30th seems like I would just alert the government to being here.

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  1. Rebecca Saldana

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    Answered . In most situations where a program or law is passed an applicants proof of presence in the usa is their tax returns. Thus in most cases it is wise to do so.

  2. Samuel Patrick Ouya Maina

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    Answered . I would assume filing of taxes would be a necessary step.

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  3. J. Thomas Smith Ph.D.


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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues.

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