For past 5 years, I was a high school student for 4 years and college student for 1 year. I have not worked, and had no income. In N400, I checked "yes" to the question "have you ever not filed taxes," and "no" to the question "have you considered yourself non-resident." My question is, do I need any document that substitute the tax return that people normally submit? I have been a full time student so I wasn't sure what to expect in the interview. All I thought to do was to submit an explanation "I have been a full time student and have not worked/ had not earned income" at the back of N400...
There is no need to bring any additional document if you were not required to file a tax return because you had insufficient income.
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You will need to explain why you did not file income taxes. You may wish to have proof that you were enrolled in high school and college.
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The question you are referring to asks about your deliberate failure to file your taxes when you were required to.
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You should also answer the first question as a "NO", given that you have never "failed" to file tax returns when you were supposed to. Note that the question is "negative" and not having filed tax returns because you had no income or sufficient income during those years is NOT a "failure" (negative meaning, akin to "breaking the law"). Simply answer "no" to both and move on on the N-400. These are simple "yes or no" questions - no "explanations" or elaboration needed.
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