I am $5 thousand short of being able to sponsor on my own for my husband. My yearly tax return though is over 8 thousand. Is there a way that the additional money I get back yearly can be considered as part of my yearly income. Would I have to change what I'm claiming on my taxes so that it shows up more in my weekly checks instead of at the end of the year?
For purposes of the I-864, one important number is your adjusted gross income on your most recent tax return. Another important number is your current income. What you seem to be describing is not a way of changing your annual income, but rather a way of adjusting how much money you take home each pay period vs. when you file your tax return. I don't think that the plan you describe will help, but it's not quite clear. I suggest you consult with an immigration attorney about the issue.
Your income is calculated as your gross income and there is no way to increase it by adjusting your tax return or the number of dependents you claim. However, consider that any profit received from selling a car, house, etc. is also income, as well as any money received from gambling, investments, etc., as well as any money you received in large gifts or payments for "income" you've received that has not yet been taxed (this is often called getting paid "under the table").
If you claim any of the above as added income you will have to pay the taxes on that income, but it may put you over the threshold of being able to sponsor your husband. I hope this helps.
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