Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
WangWu

I-751 (No joint tax returns)

8 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Should I submit tax returns for my I-751 case? We don't have joint tax returns. We filed tax separately. We already have a baby. If I submit tax returns, should that include both, me and my wife's? Also is that easy to add spouse to the car insurance?

I appreciate any suggestive words.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They will be looking for evidence of co-mingled finances.... as in Joint tax returns, Joint bank accounts, Joint insurances. What other evidence do you have if you dont have joint tax returns?

Kezzie

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I submitted baby's birth certificate, insurance card with whole family, joint bank account, Affidavit letters and some travel documents and pictures by us. The Notice I received yesterday asks more evidences such as tax returns. I am wondering to get the copy of lease from the owner, But I am not sure how to send the tax returns.

Kezzie, thanks for the fast response.

Wang

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Should I submit tax returns for my I-751 case? We don't have joint tax returns. We filed tax separately. We already have a baby. If I submit tax returns, should that include both, me and my wife's? Also is that easy to add spouse to the car insurance?

I appreciate any suggestive words.

If you and your spouse filed tax returns, whether jointly or not, include them, all pages. I take it you both declared yourselves as married, but filing separately, and not "single" correct?

Call your insurance agent, and enquire how to add an additional driver to the family household. Your policy will have a declarations summary page. Although insurance companies may present the information in various ways, on mine at the bottom of this page there's a section listing "driver infomration". It should list all persons covered in your household, and your wife, when added, will be featured. :)


"diaddie mermaid"

You can 'catch' me on here and on FBI.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

WangWu,

And the tax returns show you and your wife both at the same address?

Yodrak

Should I submit tax returns for my I-751 case? We don't have joint tax returns. We filed tax separately. We already have a baby. If I submit tax returns, should that include both, me and my wife's? Also is that easy to add spouse to the car insurance?

I appreciate any suggestive words.

If you and your spouse filed tax returns, whether jointly or not, include them, all pages. I take it you both declared yourselves as married, but filing separately, and not "single" correct?

....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wang,

I agree with diadromous mermaid's advice - submit them both. The common address on the returns is of value.

There are perfectly valid reasons for a married couple to prepare separate income tax returns, and immigration is not a good reason to change an otherwise wise action.

Yodrak

Yes, we filed tax return with marriage but separately not "single". We live together and the address on the tax returns are the same address. My concern is that I submit only my tax retuns or both mine and my wife's if I should. Or just ingore the tax returns.

Wang

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you don't submit tax returns, the adjudicator may well wonder "why not?". It may be best to avoid leaving that question in his mind.

Assuming you filed as "married filing separately", then the obvious question would be "why did you file that way?". For most married taxpayers, filing jointly will result in a lower total tax bill for the couple than filing separately. If your situation is such that you saved money by filing separately, or had another pressing legitimate reason for filing separately, you might include an explanation of that fact along with the I-751.

If you filed separately and your tax situation was such that filing separately was significantly more expensive than joint filing, then there ought to be some reason why keeping your taxes separate was worth the amount it cost you. The most common reason that married taxpayers file separately even when it's more expensive is because they're going through a separation or divorce and they can't get their spouse to cooperate in the filing of their tax returns. Lacking any other explanation, an adjudicator might assume you're not sharing a financial life together, and might conclude the marriage is a sham. Go ahead and present him with evidence that doesn't allow him to draw that conclusion. Give him another reason why you filed separately.

You don't have to file joint returns. But you do have to show evidence that paints an overall big picture of a marriage that was genuine and not for the purpose of evading immigration laws. If filing separately saved you money, or at least didn't cost you anything, then separate returns could easily be consistent with a genuine marriage. But if you paid thousands of extra tax dollars to keep things separate with no obvious reason, that would probably raise a red flag.


04 Apr, 2004: Got married

05 Apr, 2004: I-130 Sent to CSC

13 Apr, 2004: I-130 NOA 1

19 Apr, 2004: I-129F Sent to MSC

29 Apr, 2004: I-129F NOA 1

13 Aug, 2004: I-130 Approved by CSC

28 Dec, 2004: I-130 Case Complete at NVC

18 Jan, 2005: Got the visa approved in Caracas

22 Jan, 2005: Flew home together! CCS->MIA->SFO

25 May, 2005: I-129F finally approved! We won't pursue it.

8 June, 2006: Our baby girl is born!

24 Oct, 2006: Window for filing I-751 opens

25 Oct, 2006: I-751 mailed to CSC

18 Nov, 2006: I-751 NOA1 received from CSC

30 Nov, 2006: I-751 Biometrics taken

05 Apr, 2007: I-751 approved, card production ordered

23 Jan, 2008: N-400 sent to CSC via certified mail

19 Feb, 2008: N-400 Biometrics taken

27 Mar, 2008: Naturalization interview notice received (NOA2 for N-400)

30 May, 2008: Naturalization interview, passed the test!

17 June, 2008: Naturalization oath notice mailed

15 July, 2008: Naturalization oath ceremony!

16 July, 2008: Registered to vote and applied for US passport

26 July, 2008: US Passport arrived.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×