Thank you for using justanswer. Assuming that the money you earned while you were going to school was paid to you by US tax source (meaning you were paid by a US employer and you received an actual W2 from that employer ), then you may obtain a copy of your W2 by filing Form 4506 Request for Copy of Tax Return
, and mail this form to the IRS along with a check for $57 for each year you are requesting a copy of your W2.
Alternately, you may file Form 4506-T
( receive a transcript of your account, which would include all sources of income that were reported under your SS# XXXXX any given year. The transcript would have all of the same information as your W2, and there is no charge for the transcript.
As for whether or not you need to actually file a tax return for the years you have US sourced income, that depends on how much you earned. There is a standard deduction
based on your filing status , (for tax year 2009, the standard deduction for a single filer was $5700) and unless you also have other types of income, such as interest, self employment income, etc, then even though you stated you have have earned around $2000, that $ amount is less than your standard deduction, and you would not have been required to file an actual return, so getting the transcript of your account may be enough for FASFA.
The IRS has up to 60 days t(o send you this information. Please see below:Get A Copy of My Return
As for your father, once he abandoned his green card, the only way for him to receive another green card is for him to apply all over again. Please see below: (You will need to copy & paste the below address into your web browser:
and also here:
So, to recap:
Probably your best bet is to send away for a tax transcript by filing
e Form 4506-T
since that's free and will contain the all the information FASFA should need .
If, as I suspect, your father has abandoned his permanent residence with the US due to:
a-Move to another country intending to live there:
b-Remain outside of the US for more than 1 year without obtaining a re-entry permit or returning resident visa.
c-Remain outside of the US for more than 2 years after issuance of a re-entry permit without obtaining a resident visa.
d-Fail to file US income tax
returns while living outside of the uS for any period
e-Declared himself as a "Non Resident" on his tax returns
I'm a little unclear from your question if your father actually filed any US tax returns during the time he was not living the US, but from the tone of your question, I do not believe he has, and the answer re: whether or not your father may file his tax returns showing that his business lost money is yes, however, the IRS does frown on business owners who have losses year after year, and will sometimes reclassify this from a business to a hobby, so your father wants to be sure and show the IRS that he is treating this as a legitimate business, the he is doing all he can to generate income (advertising is one of the things they look at) and that he has been successful in this type of business before, etc
However, your father will either need to reapply for another green card if he wants to file as a Resident Alien, or he will have to file as a "Non Resident Alien"
I hope this helps.
Edited by Anne on 8/7/2010 at 2:50 AM EST