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N400 Tax Filing Question

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I am currently filing for naturalization. I am unclear as to what the response should be to the following questions however, "Since becoming a lawful permanent resident, have you ever failed to file a required Federal, State, or local tax return?" Through an oversight I neglected to file my state tax (2005) on time. I did however file last year and the amount owed was paid off. Do I answer yes and attach an explanation and if so are there any possible negative outcomes?


Of note: I did file my federal return for that year on time and I became a permanent resident in 2005.

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The answer to this question is yes. You can then provide an explanation as to the circumstances, as well as proof that this has been addressed and corrected.

Tax transcripts will be fine for this purpose. You can find information on getting tax transcripts by going here:


Because this already has been corrected and your filings and any payments required have been completed, and because it happened so long ago (more than 5 years), this should not have any negative impact on your application.


Don't be too concerned. You'd be surprised at just how many people this happens to. It's much more common than you would think.


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