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Hi, I have a question about the form n-400 Naturalization Adjustment. I am applying for citizenship and I am a little confused about a question. It asks if I have ever failed to file taxes since I have been a lawful permenet resident. 

 

Here is my situation- taxes for 2014, husband and I owed money for that year about $2,000. For 2015 taxes, we filed for an extension but it took us longer to file them. For 2016 taxes, we did our taxes and with the money that was going to be returned, covered the taxes for 2014 that we owed and we also did 2015 taxes and we got a return. Everything is cleared up now. We don't owe the IRS anything and we have filed for all the years. 

 

What should my answer be for the question if I have ever failed to file taxes? I did fail to file for 2015 but we have taken care of it a few weeks ago.

 

Thank you so much for your time and any information that you can provide.

 

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19 hours ago, ge08 said:

Hi, I have a question about the form n-400 Naturalization Adjustment. I am applying for citizenship and I am a little confused about a question. It asks if I have ever failed to file taxes since I have been a lawful permenet resident. 

 

Here is my situation- taxes for 2014, husband and I owed money for that year about $2,000. For 2015 taxes, we filed for an extension but it took us longer to file them. For 2016 taxes, we did our taxes and with the money that was going to be returned, covered the taxes for 2014 that we owed and we also did 2015 taxes and we got a return. Everything is cleared up now. We don't owe the IRS anything and we have filed for all the years. 

 

What should my answer be for the question if I have ever failed to file taxes? I did fail to file for 2015 but we have taken care of it a few weeks ago.

 

Thank you so much for your time and any information that you can provide.

 

You said for 2015 you filed for an extension , but then it took you longer to file them - does that mean longer than the extension term ? In that case the answer should be Yes and make sure you bring all documentation to show that you have paid them in full. Answering No would be considered a lie under oath ( as they go through the questions on the N-400 again during the interview). And they already know all the information anyway.

Filling / Paying taxes timely is considered a criteria for good moral conduct. If you manage to explain to them why you didn't file the taxes on time in 2015, they may or may not be understanding ....If you straight up lie by answering No, you pretty much seal the deal on poor moral conduct....

If they decide you do not meet the criteria for good moral conduct, they will make you wait another 5 years, during which you are expected to improve.

 

Hope this helps.

 

I am not an immigration lawyer / specialist.

 

 


  • sending I130 05/16/2007
  • cheque is cashed on 06/11/2007
  • NOA1 in mail 06/13/2007 (who said 13 is badluck )
  • 07/30/2007 After no touches and no other signs we just got an email with the APPROVAL of I130....Thank God !....now what ?

  • 08/07/2007 Case received by NVC and case number assigned :))

  • 08/13/2007 DS3032 and AOS bill were generated

  • 08/14/2007 Emailed choice of agent ...i'm so curious when they will accept it...hopefully soon

  • 08/21/2007 DS3032 and AOS fee bill arive in mail

  • 08/27/2007 paid AOS fee bill
  • 8/28/2007 DS3032 choice of agent accepted
  • 9/3/2007 IV fee bill generated

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19 hours ago, ge08 said:

Hi, I have a question about the form n-400 Naturalization Adjustment. I am applying for citizenship and I am a little confused about a question. It asks if I have ever failed to file taxes since I have been a lawful permenet resident. 

 

Here is my situation- taxes for 2014, husband and I owed money for that year about $2,000. For 2015 taxes, we filed for an extension but it took us longer to file them. For 2016 taxes, we did our taxes and with the money that was going to be returned, covered the taxes for 2014 that we owed and we also did 2015 taxes and we got a return. Everything is cleared up now. We don't owe the IRS anything and we have filed for all the years. 

 

What should my answer be for the question if I have ever failed to file taxes? I did fail to file for 2015 but we have taken care of it a few weeks ago.

 

Thank you so much for your time and any information that you can provide.

 

The other option may be to just wait a few more years and show good conduct ...


  • sending I130 05/16/2007
  • cheque is cashed on 06/11/2007
  • NOA1 in mail 06/13/2007 (who said 13 is badluck )
  • 07/30/2007 After no touches and no other signs we just got an email with the APPROVAL of I130....Thank God !....now what ?

  • 08/07/2007 Case received by NVC and case number assigned :))

  • 08/13/2007 DS3032 and AOS bill were generated

  • 08/14/2007 Emailed choice of agent ...i'm so curious when they will accept it...hopefully soon

  • 08/21/2007 DS3032 and AOS fee bill arive in mail

  • 08/27/2007 paid AOS fee bill
  • 8/28/2007 DS3032 choice of agent accepted
  • 9/3/2007 IV fee bill generated

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1 hour ago, candybabe said:

You said for 2015 you filed for an extension , but then it took you longer to file them - does that mean longer than the extension term ? In that case the answer should be Yes and make sure you bring all documentation to show that you have paid them in full. Answering No would be considered a lie under oath ( as they go through the questions on the N-400 again during the interview). And they already know all the information anyway.

Filling / Paying taxes timely is considered a criteria for good moral conduct. If you manage to explain to them why you didn't file the taxes on time in 2015, they may or may not be understanding ....If you straight up lie by answering No, you pretty much seal the deal on poor moral conduct....

If they decide you do not meet the criteria for good moral conduct, they will make you wait another 5 years, during which you are expected to improve.

 

Hope this helps.

 

I am not an immigration lawyer / specialist.

 

 

Thank you for your reply.

 

It does make sense what you are saying. The reason that I got a little confused was because as I was searching for an answer to my question, someone mentioned that the question asked- if you have ever failed to file taxes.. and not if you have ever failed to file taxes ON TIME. 

I guess it is better to put YES and have an explanation to the reason why it took as longer to file and just show documentation that I have filed already and we do not owe anything to the IRS. 

Again, thank you for your help!

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