I am an immigrant who wants to file taxes for 2017 but the problem is I worked on cash wages,My wife is a US citizen and she works as a Full time Nurse working on 1099 from Jan- Aug 2017 and now on W2 from Sep-Dec 2017.
My green card interview will be in a couple of months so I am planning to file our taxes jointly.
The question is do I need to have a 1099 or W2 from an employer to file taxes jointly with my wife or i can just report my cash income.
I have SSN and work authorization
You can and should report your cash income. You cannot get a W2 from any employer if they did not file, report with withhold your taxes during the year. Technically, you could get a 1099, but chances are that your "employer" who paid cash would not file one for you. In any case, a 1099 is not required for you to report your cash income. You will file it as self-employment income, deduct your business expenses and pay self-employment (equivalent of FICA, or Social Security and Medicare) taxes on the remainder.
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