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Since the form asks for past 3 years of tax returns (2015-2016-2017), in 2015 I was not employed because I was a full-time student, and a dependent of my parents. I have a tax transcript sent by the IRS stating I did not file. In 2016, I graduated college in June and began working (only 6 months of the year), therefore, my income was below the 125%. 2017 was not a problem at all, so I'm not worried about that year. 

My question is, since I will but $0, and an amount below 125%, do I need to explain why? Should I include my tax transcripts of those 2 years? Does it look bad? Any suggestions? Thanks!

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19 minutes ago, Vee_bay_bee said:

Since the form asks for past 3 years of tax returns (2015-2016-2017), in 2015 I was not employed because I was a full-time student, and a dependent of my parents. I have a tax transcript sent by the IRS stating I did not file. In 2016, I graduated college in June and began working (only 6 months of the year), therefore, my income was below the 125%. 2017 was not a problem at all, so I'm not worried about that year. 

My question is, since I will but $0, and an amount below 125%, do I need to explain why? Should I include my tax transcripts of those 2 years? Does it look bad? Any suggestions? Thanks!

Only the most recent year's tax forms are required. 

You have to fill in the income amounts for all 3 years on the I864 but you do not need to submit the previous two if you dont want to. 

Either way. They are going to know what your income was for all three years because you told them. I dont see how either submitting them or not will make a difference.

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Tax Year 2015 - If you have an account transcript that shows no income, this would be a good evidence to show no filing requirement. But I would recommend writing a letter stating that you did not have filing requirement because you had no income to report. On your letter I would refer to the transcript as evidence of no filing requirement.

 

Tax Year 2016 - What do you mean by "...In 2016, I graduated college in June and began working (only 6 months of the year), therefore, my income was below the 125%..." 

 

If you were single in 2016 and your Gross Income was less than $10,350 on a W-2 than you're correct, you did not have to file a tax return. See 2016 Pub 17 Page 3 & 4 "Do I Have To File a Return?" https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/p17--2016.pdf

 

However, if you were single in 2016 and your Gross Income was at least $10,350 or more on a W-2, then you have a filing requirement. Additionally, if you were self-employed and received a Form 1099-MISC in amount of $600 or more, you are required to file because you must pay for SE Tax. See 2016 Pub 17 Page 6 "Self­Employed Persons" https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/p17--2016.pdf

 

In summation, if you believe that for both years you had no filing requirements based on the filing requirements, I would write a letter explaining your position and citing the IRS Publication 17. You could always ask your accountant to write this letter on their letter attesting that you had no filing requirement. 

 


ROC:

Filed: 2/22/17

VSC Received: 2/26/17

Check Cashed: 3/12/17

NOA1: 3/15/17

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17 hours ago, K1visaHopeful said:

Only the most recent year's tax forms are required. 

You have to fill in the income amounts for all 3 years on the I864 but you do not need to submit the previous two if you dont want to. 

Either way. They are going to know what your income was for all three years because you told them. I dont see how either submitting them or not will make a difference.

Thanks!

17 hours ago, ameribrazil said:

Tax Year 2015 - If you have an account transcript that shows no income, this would be a good evidence to show no filing requirement. But I would recommend writing a letter stating that you did not have filing requirement because you had no income to report. On your letter I would refer to the transcript as evidence of no filing requirement.

 

Tax Year 2016 - What do you mean by "...In 2016, I graduated college in June and began working (only 6 months of the year), therefore, my income was below the 125%..." 

 

If you were single in 2016 and your Gross Income was less than $10,350 on a W-2 than you're correct, you did not have to file a tax return. See 2016 Pub 17 Page 3 & 4 "Do I Have To File a Return?" https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/p17--2016.pdf

 

However, if you were single in 2016 and your Gross Income was at least $10,350 or more on a W-2, then you have a filing requirement. Additionally, if you were self-employed and received a Form 1099-MISC in amount of $600 or more, you are required to file because you must pay for SE Tax. See 2016 Pub 17 Page 6 "Self­Employed Persons" https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/p17--2016.pdf

 

In summation, if you believe that for both years you had no filing requirements based on the filing requirements, I would write a letter explaining your position and citing the IRS Publication 17. You could always ask your accountant to write this letter on their letter attesting that you had no filing requirement. 

 

Thank you! Very helpful

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