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I am concerned about the format of IRS Tax returns that USCIS might need to see at the time of my naturalization interview. I have access to the tax returns from IRS website . This just seem to be an automatically generated piece of PDF file from IRS with line items. I have attached a screen shot below .However , how does one verify know if a print out of this below file is genuine ? It does not have any security features.  Will this basic document suffice for the naturalization interview ?

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OR 

 

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There is also an option of getting certified Tax returns via form via form 4053, but with a $50 fee for each year !  

 Can you please guide me what would minimally suffice for the USCIS Naturalization interview as per regulation and what your experiences are ? 

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Your uploads aren’t showing up but if you download the “Tax return transcript” from irs website, that is all you need. Don’t worry about the security features unless you are paid to look into that.


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2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

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2017-06-30: Interview, approved

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2017-08-01: Entry to US

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Myself:

2016-05-10: N-400 Sent

2016-05-16: N-400 NOA1

2016-05-26: Biometrics

2017-01-30: Interview

2017-03-02: Oath Ceremony

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If you create an account on IRS.gov, you should have access to your Tax return transcripts that would generate via a PDF format which can be saved on your computer, uploaded to the online N400 application and printed out for a physical copy if need be.

The "certified" copy is if an IRS rep mails you a physical copy with a certified stamp indicating that it is a certified copy of the true original....save your $150 and put it towards your N400 filing fee :) 


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54 minutes ago, arnab221 said:

I am concerned about the format of IRS Tax returns that USCIS might need to see at the time of my naturalization interview. I have access to the tax returns from IRS website . This just seem to be an automatically generated piece of PDF file from IRS with line items. I have attached a screen shot below .However , how does one verify know if a print out of this below file is genuine ? It does not have any security features.  Will this basic document suffice for the naturalization interview ?

 image.png.a8275f48bbe2adb95836c7c8d43add83.png

 

OR 

 

image.thumb.png.7cf33765b5058be3457dc9cb982f742c.png 

There is also an option of getting certified Tax returns via form via form 4053, but with a $50 fee for each year !  

 Can you please guide me what would minimally suffice for the USCIS Naturalization interview as per regulation and what your experiences are ? 

The N-400 gives you the option of submitting either IRS-certified copies of the income tax forms you filed, or an IRS return transcript. Since the return transcript is free, I'd go that route.

e) Internal Revenue Service (IRS)-certified copies of the income tax forms that you and your spouse filed for the past 3 years (or an IRS tax return transcript for the last 3 years).

 

As far as bringing to the interview, here is what the instructions state:

D. Tax Returns and Overdue Taxes. Bring photocopies of income tax returns that you filed with the IRS for the
past 5 years, or 3 years if filing for naturalization on the basis of marriage to a U.S. citizen.
Tax returns are not
required for every case. However, USCIS strongly encourages you to bring your tax returns; especially if you
are filing based on marriage to a U.S. citizen or have traveled outside the United States for a period that lasted
6 months or more. You can request copies of Federal tax documents at your local IRS office or www.irs.gov.
You may also bring an original IRS tax transcript listing tax information for the past 5 years (3 years if filing on
the basis of marriage to a U.S. citizen). To obtain a free IRS tax transcript, visit www.irs.gov. Select “Tools” and
then select “Order a Return or Account Transcript.” For assistance, you can also call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946.

 

To me, this is saying that you can bring copies from your own records, you can order copies from the IRS, or you can order/download/print free IRS tax return or account transcripts.


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2 minutes ago, LightDisplay said:

Guys -

There are 4 types of docs available on IRS online, which one should one be taking to the N400 interview?

 

Record of Account
Account Transcript
Tax Return Transcript
Wage and Income Transcript

Tax return transcript


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Service Center: California

90 Day Window Opened.....08/03/17

I-751 Packet Sent................08/04/17

NOA Dated...........................08/07/17

NOA Received......................08/09/17

Check Cashed......................08/09/17

Biometrics Letter Rcvd........08/26/17

Biometrics Appointment......09/07/17

Approval................................[Pending]

 

Naturalization Timeline

Field Office: Santa Ana, CA

90 Day Window Opened.......08/03/18

N-400 Filed (Online)..............08/03/18

Receipt Notice.......................08/03/18

Biometrics Letter Rcvd..........08/20/18

Biometrics Appointment.......09/07/18

Interview Letter Dated...........07/01/19

Interview Letter Rcvd............07/08/19

Interview................................08/05/19

Oath.......................................

 

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 You just need Free download of tax transcript.  You need to take oath during N-400 interview that information you are provided are true.  So free tax transcript will be sufficient and it is consider original document 

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The Tax Return Transcript is sufficient, but the Record of Account Transcript provides more information.  It combines the Tax Return Transcript and the Account Transcript, i.e. it shows the details of your most recent tax return, plus any changes made after the return was filed.  So, a Record of Account Transcript will show that you filed your return, that you paid the tax due (if any), and that either there have been no changes since filing or that there were changes and you have paid whatever additional tax was found to be due (or not paid it - in which case, be prepared to show that you have a payment plan in place). 


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On 6/26/2019 at 2:12 PM, arnab221 said:

I am concerned about the format of IRS Tax returns that USCIS might need to see at the time of my naturalization interview. I have access to the tax returns from IRS website . This just seem to be an automatically generated piece of PDF file from IRS with line items. I have attached a screen shot below .However , how does one verify know if a print out of this below file is genuine ? It does not have any security features.  Will this basic document suffice for the naturalization interview ?

 image.png.a8275f48bbe2adb95836c7c8d43add83.png

 

OR 

 

image.thumb.png.7cf33765b5058be3457dc9cb982f742c.png 

There is also an option of getting certified Tax returns via form via form 4053, but with a $50 fee for each year !  

 Can you please guide me what would minimally suffice for the USCIS Naturalization interview as per regulation and what your experiences are ? 

I just copy all my tax return every year, no questioned about it during my interview,  and approved 

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