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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

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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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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.

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Thank you and that makes sense. Couldn't I put my job at risk if I file taxes though? Also, should I just file for last year?

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

Samuel Ouya Maina, Esq. 415.391.6612 s.ouya@mainalaw.com Law Offices of S. Ouya Maina, PC 332 Pine Street, Suite 707 San Francisco, CA 94104

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I agree with my colleagues.

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