Q: can i apply for citizenship if i owe irs from prior yrs with old ss number? and had a misdemeaneor in 2000? im gc holder
we received a letter from irs stating we owe 2012 2014 taxes with my old ss number and my husbands old Itin Number. we both are now Green card holder for 5 yrs now with new ss numbers. I had a misdemeanor for theft under $75 in 2000, i did my community service and case closed.Do I need to report any of this in application? Does immigration see all this? I have not yet made payments or payment arrangemnets to irs for back taxes.
also my old social security was given to me as a child to register for school. wasnt valid work.
im in Texas
A: Provided that all the other issues and considerations for filing for citizenship are without problems, then you may be able to overcome your problem of owing IRS back taxes by negotiating a settlement with them. If you are able to do so and you have been paying taxes for the last 3 to 5 years, then you should be able to overcome one of your issues in obtaining your citizenship. Now, depending on the misdemeanor that you were charged with, we would have to make sure that you were actually convicted of that crime. If you were convicted, then we would need to determine whether that conviction is for a crime involving moral turpitude. If in fact it is, then you would need a waiver to overcome any suggestion that you are not a person of good moral character. You have to obtain the disposition for that and all other crimes as well as any associated records for any convictions to be able to make a proper assessment of that misdemeanor. It may be worthwhile for you to consult with an immigration attorney once you gather all of your documents.
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