If you’re already organizing to file your taxes this year, this information can be very valuable to you. To file your taxes, you need to apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) from the IRS, if you don’t already have one on 1040-form-gov.com.
But if you have requested it and it has not yet arrived, the IRS allows you to send in your tax return simultaneously with the W-7 form you get on the website, along with documentation confirming your identity.
According to Miguel A. Burgos, tax expert at TurboTax, if you are an undocumented immigrant you can fill out your taxes without fear. Because the Internal Revenue Code (IRS) states that the information on your tax return will remain confidential and will not be shared with other federal government agencies, except in some exceptions such as in the case of a crime or misdemeanor.
“Following the principles set forth in this law, the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights also states that every taxpayer, regardless of their immigration status, has a right to privacy, which means that when you file your taxes, the Internal Revenue Service will not investigate your affairs any more than necessary,” Burgos said.
On the other hand, as for the benefits of filing taxes without having formalized your immigration status in the United States, Burgos indicates that there are many benefits for which you may be eligible.
“Let’s say you are an employee, and throughout the year you paid taxes, many times it happens that we are held back more than we owe. The only way we can get back what we deserve is to file a tax return. There are also many tax credits that you can take advantage of regardless of your immigration status,” Burgos said.
As for tax credits, you can apply for the child tax credit. This credit is available to people who have children under the age of 13 as dependents. The credit could be as high as $2,000 per qualifying child. If you want to know more information and the requirements to obtain the tax credit, you can find information.
In order to file your taxes you must have the following basic documents: W-2, medical plan or 1099-MISC ,1098,1095-B forms. If you have all the necessary documents, you can consider the following options to fill out the taxes for free through a mobile application or website.