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As an entrepreneur, it is usually in my best interest to take as many tax deductions as possible. Most of my income for the past 3 years has been passive income, and also sheltered by legitimate tax deductions BOTH before and after adjustments. Having many assets, having my business legitimately support my lifestyle, with "apparently" low income serves me very well at tax time. However for immigration, not so much.

I would prefer NOT to ask my parents to co-sponsor... my parents are too old for that mental burden, even though they would probably do it gladly (they have retirement income, which is a lot more easy to track than my legal-but-stealth income stream).

As I read over the I-864 this morning, I was relieved to see Part 4, Section C, read:

"Enter total UNADJUSTED Income from your Federal income tax return".

So my question is: Have any other self-employed folks out there successfully ever shown UNADJUSTED income that met immigration guidelines, but the AGI on the tax return showed an income LOWER than immigration guidelines (or maybe even zero)... without using a co-sponsor?

I have yet to prepare my tax returns... so I think a the most likely case is I will need to take fewer tax deductions in order to show more income to avoid any immigration holdups.

NOTE: I know that assets can also help, but I wanted to restrict this discussion to income. It is much simpler for me to show assets (real estate), but I don't want to rely on that. Thanks all in advance! :yes:


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My first thought is that it is not *your* income, but the business' income. Are you talking Schedule C-type deductions?

I'll tell you from my experience, it's much easier to use assets if you have sufficient.


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The "unadjusted" refers to gross income anyways.


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Looking4Wife,

Form 1040 line 22 is the magic number.

What's on Schedule C for the self-employed is the business, but the business is not the sponsor - the individual is.

Yodrak

As an entrepreneur, it is usually in my best interest to take as many tax deductions as possible. Most of my income for the past 3 years has been passive income, and also sheltered by legitimate tax deductions BOTH before and after adjustments. Having many assets, having my business legitimately support my lifestyle, with "apparently" low income serves me very well at tax time. However for immigration, not so much.

I would prefer NOT to ask my parents to co-sponsor... my parents are too old for that mental burden, even though they would probably do it gladly (they have retirement income, which is a lot more easy to track than my legal-but-stealth income stream).

As I read over the I-864 this morning, I was relieved to see Part 4, Section C, read:

"Enter total UNADJUSTED Income from your Federal income tax return".

So my question is: Have any other self-employed folks out there successfully ever shown UNADJUSTED income that met immigration guidelines, but the AGI on the tax return showed an income LOWER than immigration guidelines (or maybe even zero)... without using a co-sponsor?

I have yet to prepare my tax returns... so I think a the most likely case is I will need to take fewer tax deductions in order to show more income to avoid any immigration holdups.

NOTE: I know that assets can also help, but I wanted to restrict this discussion to income. It is much simpler for me to show assets (real estate), but I don't want to rely on that. Thanks all in advance! :yes:

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Yodrak:

As you indicated, line 22 on the 1040 is the magic number. I stumbled upon this today while doing a search on the USCIS site, and found the following on the AOS fact sheet:

"18. Which income line from the federal tax return is used for income determination?

The line for gross (total) income on IRS Forms 1040 (line 22 in 1996) and 1040A (line 14 in 1996) is used to determine income. The line for adjusted gross income is used for persons filing IRS Form 1040 EZ (line 4 in 1996)."

Thanks!


USCIS (CR-1)

06/30/2006 Mailed I-130 USPS Overnight Mail to Nebraska (NSC)

07/03/2006 Express Mail signed for at NSC

07/08/2006 Found out on VJ that my case is transferred to California (CSC)

07/21/2006 NOA1

11/02/2006 NOA2

NVC

11/13/2006 NVC Case # Assigned

11/20/2006 DS-3032 and AOS Fee Bill generated

11/21/2006 Emailed Choice of Agent (from wife/non-USC) in lieu of DS-3032

11/21/2006 Sent AOS Fee Bill Payment via USPS Overnight Mail

11/30/2006 NVC Processed AOS Fee Bill Payment (still no record of receiving Choice of Agent Email)

12/04/2006 Sent DS-3032 Choice of Agent USPS Overnight

12/11/2006 Received I-864 Affidavit of Support (AOS) in mail

12/11/2006 Sent I-864 AOS to NVC via USPS Overnight

12/11/2006 Immigrant Visa (IV) Fee Bill Generated

12/18/2006 Received IV Fee Bill in the mail

12/18/2006 Sent IV Fee Bill payment to NVC via USPS Overnight

01/03/2007 Sent DS-230 USPS Overnight

01/08/2007 NVC processed DS-230

01/12/2007 Received DS-230 (Part 1) and the list of "Documents You Need to Obtain" for Embassy Interview in mail

02/06/2007 Case Complete @ NVC

02/13/2007 Case sent to Embassy

Embassy

03/15/2007 Received Interview Instructions (aka Packet 4)

04/03/2007 Lab Tests

04/04/2007 Medical Exam

04/10/2007 Interview (Conditional Approval)

04/12/2007 Visa Approved!

04/18/2007 Visa in Hand, Gracias a Dios !!!

04/19/2007 Arrival in USA !!! (POE = Atlanta)

05/29/2007 Received Green Card in mail

www.MarriageBuilders.com

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