How do I show evidence that I was not required to file a Federal income tax return?

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When preparing Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, the sponsor must disclose total income as reported on his/her Federal income tax returns for the most recent three years. The sponsor is also required to attach a copy of (at least) the most recent year. But what if your income was below the IRS required level and you didn't file an income tax return?

In these cases, you'll need to attach evidence that your income was below the threshold to file an IRS Federal income tax return. If your situation is straightforward, evidence can be as simple as submitting a personal declaration that you were not required to file a tax return. Here's a sample declaration which you can adapt for your own use.

form i-864 tax declaration sample Download a sample declaration that you were not required to file a Federal income tax return. Download declaration sample.

Additionally, you may want to include other forms of evidence such as W-2s or 1099s that evidence your income level was below the IRS required level to file a tax return.

Keep in mind, by not filing a Federal income tax return, it's also likely that your income is not sufficient to support the intending immigrant. Your affidavit will most likely require the additional income from other household members or a joint sponsor.

 

 

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