I owe back taxes -- can I still apply for U.S. citizenship?
Complying with IRS requirements and showing good moral character are crucial to becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen.
I have been a green card holder for many years, and always meant to apply for U.S. citizenship. But I was so busy with work and family that I didn't get around to it. Then I lost my job last year and was not able to pay my taxes. I sort of panicked and wasn't sure what to do, so I did not even file a tax return. I would really like to apply for citizenship -- especially because my parents would like me to help them immigrate -- but am now worried about what effect my nonpayment of taxes will have. I've been doing odd jobs, so hopefully will be able to save up money to pay the tax bill soon.