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Old 03-04-2008, 09:50 AM
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Default How Does Inmate File Income Tax?

My friend is in Avenal,CA and he and his buddies were trying to find out how to file income tax while incarcerate. Any info? Thank you
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:43 PM
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Go to irs.gv and type in incarcerated inmates or something like that. it will tell you ow to file and how to fill out the forms. It tells you how the inmate ca have he check sent to someone. I am trying to find it for you, I know they use the 1040ez form and they can get income taxes filed.
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http://www.irs.gov/publications/p596/ch04.html

here is a link that explains how to do it. I know i just recently read some where els eon how to exactly do it.
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Also, if the prison won't give them a W2 - which none will as far as I know - the inmate uses form 4852. You can download and print the 1040EZ and the 4852 right from the IRS website.
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So let me understand this. The guys that are working in the prison and making the little bit of money that they make can file income tax returns. I do not understand that. Do they have taxes taken out of the money they make?
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I think this is for the people who where working in 2007 b4 they got locked up
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No it is not, inmates in the California prison system can file taxes for working inside the prison.

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I think this is for the people who where working in 2007 b4 they got locked up
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No, what the government does is figures how much they would be making in the real world and they figure out a percentage. Certain numbers get plugged in and they figure out an average. Inmates can file taxes.

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So let me understand this. The guys that are working in the prison and making the little bit of money that they make can file income tax returns. I do not understand that. Do they have taxes taken out of the money they make?
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Just a caution. I don't know all the details but I do know that about a dozen inmates on my yard were placed in Ad/Seg and charged by the IRS for filing tax returns on the jobs they have in prison. I would make sure you talk to a tax professional before doing anything like that.
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The IRs says you can do it on their website. So why were the inmates palced in ad/seg.
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I know that inmates have been investigated by the IRS for fraudulent tax returns. I believe Sgt. A is referring to some of these men. It is good advice to go to H&R Block or some other licensed tax preparer whenever filing returns for inmates. If you go to the IRS website, you can see lists of them filing lawsuits against prison inmates, so it is a concern and should be taken seriously.

Comversely, I personally know inmates who work PIA who have filed legal tax returns for years with no issues whatsoever. They file a 1040EZ along with the 4852 and copies of their timesheets. It's more involved than that because you have to factor the current minimum wage, less 15%, yadda yadda. No earned income credit and it can get sticky if done by someone who doesn't know the tax laws and governing rules on inmate tax issues.

I have never filed for my husband, nor has he. There seemed to be too many obstacles and issues for our peace of mind - but inmates DO file and they DO get returns and they have for years.

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I understand what Sargeant A. is talking about and the people he is talking about are more than likely filing fraudulant tax returns because if you go on the IRS websites and type in inmates it will pull them all the articles up. Anyone that knows how to do basic taxes can do the taxes for an inmate.
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