I have a question about applying for US citizenship after spending 5 years on green card. The question is regarding the Tax returns for last 5 years. How important is it to submit the tax returns? Are they required for every application or are there some exceptions that may loosen this requirement. The person applying for the citizenship has been unemployed for more than 1 year in those 5 years. So that person hasn't filed the tax returns for 2 years. Is it ok to submit the application with just remaining 3 years of tax returns? Will that affect the application in any way?
The application requires you to confirm you have satisfied the tax filing requirements. Generally speaking, it is not necessary to present tax returns. The issue whether the alien has complied with the law. Depending upon a person's income, they may have had no requirement to file a tax return.
Consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can review the specifics of your case and advise you how best to proceed.
What immigration wants to know is whether you filed your tax returns the years that you were obligated to do so. If there were any years when because of your specific situation you were not required to file taxes, you should be ok. Probably you should consult an accountat to make sure you have your tax situation in order before filing for your naturalization.
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