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  1. I, the petitioning sponsor, am working on Steps 4 and 5 of my wife's IR-1 visa application process. The earnings from my current part-time job in Japan plus my wife and my combined assets may put us over the required 25% above the poverty line (125% of poverty). But to be safe, my mother (who files taxes jointly with my father), will be the only joint sponsor. Also, my father sent me a signed letter on his business letterhead saying there's a full-time position paying $15/hr. effective when I make landfall in the US. My question is, how should my mother calculate her earnings for 2017? -Simply add together line 1 from both of her W-2 forms [...which wouldn't show their earnings from real estate sales from their other business.(Yes, I know; real estate holdings must be proven with further documentation.)]? -Split their adjusted gross income from their 1040? -Other? Thank you for reading! Kind Regards, Itchy
  2. I filed my 2017 tax return as MFJ with ITIN renewal. ITIN was rejected in May, exemption denied. Spouse and I lived together all year in 2017, separated in March2018 and wants nothing to do with me. That means I can't submit a new ITIN application, how do I go from MFJ to HOH and can I even do that? Can a court order us to file our taxes together for 2017?
  3. Hi guys. Hoping to hear from some canucks and see if you guys are getting N-400 ASAP or are happy to stay as a LPR. I know dual US-Cad citizens (dual at birth) who live in Canada and they’ve told me that US tax compliance is a nightmare. If if we ever wanted to move to Canada (no plans) we’d have to deal with TFSA being taxable, gains over $500k on sales of primary home being taxable etc. does it make sense to just stay as a LPR? Canadian passport is pretty much accepted the same as a US zone. Anyway. This whole concept of citizenship based taxation is quite worrying. Spouse and kids are all USC and I’m Canadian. Kids are dual. I LOVE America and living here and am torn. Feel like LPR gives options and other than voting and being able to sponsor someone I am not missing anything else am I? If we leave USA to live abroad I’d lose LPR but I guess I could always file N-400 at that time? Thanks guys. Hoping others can share their thoughts. Pros cons etc. . Thank you.
  4. Hi! I’ve been reading lots here, trying to figure things out before making this, my first post (please tell me if I've done something the wrong way!). Here’s my situation: I am a USC and have dual citizenship with an EU country. My domicile is in the US, but my work is location independent: I can work anywhere. I have a house, car, extended family, etc. in the US. I also have a high income, so must think carefully about taxation. My fiancée is a Spanish citizen. She (we are a same-sex couple) will be completing her Ph.D. before the end of the year. She is planning on an academic/teaching/research career but is open to whatever opportunities arise. We have been living and traveling together this year to avoid overstaying either of our allowed times in various countries. Yes, I can live and work in the EU on that passport, but I don’t want to pay taxes in another country if I can avoid it. We have been in 6 countries so far this year, and it would be very nice to be able to stay somewhere for more than a month or two at a time! Our first priority is staying together. Second concern is my fiancée’s ability to work wherever we are. But, I can afford to sponsor my fiancée’s entry to the US and support her if she is unable to work for a time while things are processing. We are taking photos and keeping records for the proof of relationship. We have met each other’s families, friends, etc.. So, the questions: 1: When should we get married? As soon as possible? As far as I can tell, the K-1 visa has no significant benefit, so it is better to just go for the CR-1. 2: How can we stay together as much as possible without overrunning my 90 days in Spain, her 90 days in the US, or 90 days basically anywhere? Or my 182 within a year in any particular country? 3: We will be talking with an immigration lawyer in the US soon. Anyone have suggestions for good ones? The plan: Currently, the best idea we’ve come up with sounds a bit daft, but may work (we will, of course, be running it by immigration and tax lawyers). The idea is to move to Chile and stay there together while all the US papers are being filed. We’ve been in Chile together before. My fiancée has work contacts in Santiago and has a reasonable expectation of getting a one or two year postdoc position there. Chile has exceptionally easy immigration and favorable tax laws. Since all of my income would be from sources in the US, I would be exempt from Chilean taxes for the first three years. I assume that it is reasonable to think that my fiancée can get a green card within three years? I know DCF is not an option in Chile, so the paperwork would all be done via mail. Because my domicile is in Montana, I believe the papers will be processed in the Nebraska facility, which seems to have slightly better processing speeds than some of the others. The Santiago consulate seems pretty chill and low-traffic from what I’ve read. Appointment wait times are not too long. Or, am I barking up the wrong tree altogether here, and my fiancée should try to get entry on her academic qualifications + a job offer? Thanks for reading! Ideas? Comments? Questions? Hints?
  5. Hi guys for 2 years I've been filing Head of Household, i have 2 children, however i am married. i recently filed an amendment to file as married filing separately. I have the tax transcripts for all 5 years as required. Will the head of household filing status be an issue for the n400 interview since the transcripts of the amended return wont be available in time for the interview which is a month away? Can i just bring a copy of the return for the 2 years that was amended?
  6. I'm getting a lot of mixed information, I was told to submit the affidavit of support so my fiancé could take it to his interview and now im being told no it isn't necessary can someone please help so I don't do the stupid thing and prolong the process even more.. thank you!!!
  7. Hello guys, i am filling IR1/CR1 visa for my husband and currently need to file in my 2017 taxes so i can forward them to NVC, i was wondering what is the fastest way to file my taxes as married filling separately as my husband is living overseas and does not have SSN or TIN. i was told that i can no longer fill in " NRA " in place of SSN or TIN on the taxes forums, can someone confirm this please? Thank you all in advance!
  8. hello everyone, i need some help , how many years of tax declaration its necessary to present for affidavit of support?? or just the last year?? thanks
  9. Hey, can anyone please help me with telling me everything I need to file form W7? And how do we file it? I mean, where do we send it and are there any fees? Thanks
  10. Hello, Here is a quick synopsis of my story- I sincerely appreciate any help in advance! My wife and I were married in 2016- when I went to file my taxes in 2017 (FY2016), I wanted to file as Married Filing Jointly, but was unable to because at that point my wife did not have a SSN and the documentation need to get an ITIN was unattainable. I was forced to file Married Filing Seperately. She has now received her SSN and I had no trouble filing Married/Jointly in 2018 (FY2017) using her SSN. What I am trying to do is file an amended return for the 2016 tax year as Married Filing Jointly. Does anyone know what docs I need besides a 1040X? Any help/response received is appreciated! Thank you!
  11. Hello community! I just got a letter from the USCIS requesting the petitioner for my case (my wife) to fill out the I-864 form and send it to them with the required evidences. The thing is that, she never did her taxes - on the last 4 years, she did not really work as she was doing some exchange programs abroad. She works now but the money she makes now is not enough to cover the sponsorship. So we used her mom as a joint sponsor. When I sent my paperwork, I just sent an I-864 with my mother-in-law information and taxes returns. Do you know how I should respond to this once my wife has never done her taxes? Also, do you think I should submit a second copy of my mother-in-law information? thank you very much!!
  12. Greetings from Texas, Y'all-- I need higher levels of wisdom than I am experiencing locally. If I've done something wrong, it wasn't intentional. Please be kind with your responses. :-) I have a tax filing extension (until October 15) for my 2017 taxes. I filed my taxes on May 21, 2018. My/our status was Married Filing Jointly. I put all 9s in the ID box, submitted a completed W-7, and attached a certified copy of her passport. 1. My wife is a domestic worker in the Philippines, and she led me to believe all she could give was a letter of employment with her wage rate. I included a photograph/copy of the letter with my return. 2. The NVC sent us a "soft checklist," saying that I was missing, "A copy of every W-2 form that relates to your 2017 tax returns." I only had one W-2, so they must mean her wage documentation. 3. Come to find out that after HARD work, she got hold of four pages that show all of her wages in 2017. 4. My 1040EZ is somewhere in the system. The IRS tool tells me it is being processed and that "Your tax return is still being processed. A refund date will be provided when available." It's been 7 weeks as of today. 6. Our appointment in Manila is August 7, complete with booked tickets & all. Is this a real issue? I've overpaid, even if Married FIling Single. I've got 29 days, and I'm completely open and willing to try suggestions. What should I do next? Appreciate Y'all, LG
  13. I need some help on filling out the I-864 form. The first, is on Part 2 item number 2, could I put my U.S physical address for my wife and put her name on the “In Care of Name” My second question is for part 6 item number 7. I’m self employed and in my taxes I have two different income amounts. In this part should I put my income without the profit or loss from business? Or should I put my income including the profit/loss from business on part 6 item number 20? I also didn’t file taxes on 2016, I didn’t earn enough to report to IRS. What should I put on part item number 24.c? Will I need to provide evidence why I didn’t file taxes that year or it won’t matter?
  14. Hello. I have prepared my forms and taxes for 2017 and 2016 to use for my 1-864 visa sponsorship for my husband. However, I did not file taxes in 2015 as I was still a student and dependent on my parents then. Should I include their taxes? Or will the two years suffice? Thank you.
  15. Google couldn't tell me, but you clever folks might know: So we will get a visa to go to the US and then later on get a green card. I'm doing CR-1 myself. But from what point on is your income taxable? The day your flight lands in the country? The day you request your green card? The day your SSN is issued or the day that you receive all your documents?
  16. Greetings, I recently applied to Citizenship N-400 and my case was denied due to an improper error from USCIS 20 years ago. According to USCIS: Timeline: Enter the country with tourist visa 09/18/1992 Request for Asylum 10/22/1992 Asylum Interview 09/01/1998 My date of birth 09/09/1977 - I turned 21 on 09/09/1998 Recommended Approval 09/22/1998 Granted Asylum 02/22/1999 LPR since 04/24/2012 Applied for N-400 06/09/2017 Interviewed for N-400 11/21/2017 Denial N-400 05/21/2018 When I had my interview for asylum with my parents, my two older siblings at the time were asked to do their interview separate because at the time of interview they were 21 and 22. My younger sister (16 at that time) and myself (20 at that time). All my siblings are now citizens but because I was 20 at the time of the interview and my asylum was approved when I was 21 USCIS told me on the denial letter that I don't qualify anymore. My green card was given to me by mistake. I came here when I was 15, I have a family here, a career and I'm shock that this is happening to me. I need advise on how to tackle this and recommendation for lawyers that believe in this case and that they are willing to fight this un-justice. Thank you.
  17. Hello, I am USA citizen. We got married in September of 2017 in Russia. Should I have checked my marital status as married on my 2017 taxes?
  18. Hi, I am a resident with a pending Removal of Conditions (ROC) process pending. My window to apply to citizenship opened on May 10th. I haven't filed any form yet. I need some suggestions from you on how to deal with this situation. I first came to US as an au pair 2011-2013 (In New Mexico), left and came back on 2015 with a CR1 visa. I got my green card in Aug 2015. I now live with my husband in Texas. For 2015-2017 I filed taxes join with my husband. My concern is the taxes while I was an aupair. For 2011 I did file taxes helped by a program in the community center I was taking classes at. The thing is that the person told me I was going to get a refund and I did. Later I realized I was not supposed to as I was foreign. For 2013, I worked Jan-Jul and I thought I hadn't made enough money to pay taxes. Au pairs get paid around $198 per week. It is my understanding that my earnings in 2013 were a little above of the amount needed to pay taxes for. I am not quite sure going to an accountant would help. After I came back to US with my CR1 visa, I talked to two accountants in New Mexico and they both told me that if the IRS didn't send me a letter I should not be worried. Well, I am worried. I was not supposed to get refund. So that means that I got money from the government that I am not supposed to and I own them money too from 2013. Now that I am in Texas I am confused about what to do. I don't quite trust accountants as they are not informed about the immigration details. I have postponed this due to work. I also thought about filing for citizenship until after our ROC is approved, but I need to get this tax issue fixed as soon as possible. Is there any ex aupair with similar issue here? Maybe someone with a similar situation? I will call Texas IRS to get an appointment and talk to them about it directly. Thanks in advance for any information.
  19. ashcashbananas


    7 weeks ago I sent the IRS a packet that had a w7 form, a copy of my husband's passport, and my w2 form. I need an ITIN for my husband in order for me to file my taxes. Today I received a letter from the IRS stating "We rejected your ITIN application because you didn't include a completed and signed U.S. federal income tax return with your application." Can someone please help me? Are they asking for a 1040 for a previous year? I'm stuck. Thank you in advance.
  20. Okay, I'm hoping someone on here has solved this riddle. It appears the IRS wants to make our lives miserable and literally makes "0" effort to help resolve this. For those of us that file US taxes while living overseas, we put our NON US address on the tax return. Now, in order to login to the IRS online transcript request portal (https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript), you need to provide your name, birthdate, SSN, filing status, and address as it matches to the most recent tax return. The issue, which can be found all over the internet (with no solution, as far as I have found), appears to be how the IRS inputs your address into their system. They don't store it in the same way you provide it. From my research, it appears they use USPS's tool or something similar to "cleanse" the address and store, which is why even people in the US have trouble accessing, even though they input the address as it appears on their tax return. For international addresses, I have no idea what they are doing. And after speaking with multiple IRS agents through their international desk, they also admit that most people can't appear to authenticate, and they give no help other than telling you that they dont have access to the system where the address is stored, so they cannot verify for you. They can give you your address which is the one on your most recent tax return, but can't tell you how it's formatted for you to properly enter into the form. This entire process is completely ridiculous. And the fact that the IRS agents in the customer service center, cannot help, says it all. So, how does one go about gaining access to the online portal. And before you advise me to just call and request paper copies. I did that as well. They told me it would arrive in 5-7 working days, it's been weeks. My guess is, if they can't manage a simple address verification login system, I highly doubt they will know how to send out properly address international mail. Outside of the US, is probably like a different planet to them. So I'm hoping to find someone on here that has in fact had luck to add their address and have it authenticated, so that they could download their tax transcripts. I figure this forum would be the best chances of finding that answer. I have an address which is an apartment, so that may also make things more difficult to figure out the correct format. However, I have literally tired more than 25 combinations of city, state, etc. Even in the formats the IRS agent said she can see the address stored as. Nothing works, and after 6 or so attempts, you are logged out for 24 hrs and then you get the pleasure of trying all over again. And the IRS wonders why people hate them. This is extremely stressful, and you can see college students (in addition to people trying to get visas), all over the internet unable to log in and need these transcripts for critical things like visa, college entrance approvals, etc. This is awful.
  21. Hi, I've just filed my first taxes as a partial-year resident working in the U.S. in 2017. I filed the FBAR disclosure about my foreign-held accounts, as they exceeded $10,000 when combined. My accounts with one brokerage were also listed USD so I filed them correctly, but I have other accounts that were not listed in USD and I forgot to convert them. The end result is that I've overreported the amount in my accounts (i.e. it would be lower if converted in to USD.) It's not a huge amount total, so the difference would be relatively small, probably a few thousand dollars less. Should I file an amendment to correct for the currency conversion, or will that invite more problems than it's worth? I'm planning to file for AOS later this year and so want to make sure all my tax filings are in order. Thanks!
  22. Hi: My fiance will be here soon. Few weeks to be more precise. I am currently filing single and 1 dependent in my federal taxes. a) When you get married do you have to change your status to married? b) what about the dependents? Can I still claim married and "1" and would that be enough taxes being deducted on my check? c) Is there any difference in the Federal, than for Alabama? I wouldn't know if and how to change my taxes in Alabama thanks
  23. We are filing form i-864a we are using my wife's income, she is the intending immigrant. However, she started working from Feb of this year and her total income from the previous tax year was less than the amount that would have required her to file a tax return, so she didn't file. In part 4 question 1a it says that we have to attach a photo copy of her tax return, but since she doesn't have a tax return to attach. What should we do?
  24. Hello everyone What to share some key points of application and bits of Interview experience. Some details might be interesting and I’ll try to mention what I see gets discussed, asked .. This forum is helpful as much as we all share as much as we can. Regular 5 year rule application, family based gc. Applied just month before 5y date. Docs - form filled in online like everyone else - and in addition to that uploaded green card front and back. Decided to upload only drivers license as it had my first address so it was a proof of first address in the application. I did not upload my child birth certificate as some recommend to do it .. I did bring it to interview and i was not asked for it .. Taxes wise - I decided to bring something to interview and not upload. Had with me the last(2017) year return as I already had it accepted. Never was asked for it... I did give a thought to make passport photos for interview as I read some folks still are asked for them but then decided to not do it. I was not asked passport photos at interview. I did not file taxes first two years so I answered yes to that big ‘have you ever’ question as recommended here and everywhere else. What was interesting officer went over this with me and since I was not required - I did not have income - what happened the office changed that answer to ‘NO’! That was interesting turn but I did not object. So if not filing taxes question is one of your worries be ready for this kind of turn I’ve had several long trips to home country and I thought I might get asked about them.. All below six month but long. One was even 178 days. No questions on interview .. On the interview I was quite stressed .. and was trying to act normal Also it was hot in the room I don’t remember questions but they were not the most difficult. Civis test goes in interesting way - questions were printed on some blank and looked like officer was reading them and writing down my answers in blanks. I guess that is how process is to document our interviews and this is added to your case. After first six or seven correct answers I was not asked the rest of it . Final statistic point - already 2 week and my status is still - ceremony will be scheduled. Officer mentioned I might go in May but Im kind of bumed no date no info and no letter yet :-(
  25. Okay so when my fiance went to the interview for his k-1 visa i peovided my dads taxes because i didn’t have mine. I just did my taxes this month and i put my fiance as my dependent is that wrong? Is that a problem?