I have a tax question related to a potential background investigation for one of the three-lettered federal agencies I’m applying to. I am currently not in the process of the BI, but I’ve gotten pretty deep in the application process, and it’s becoming more likely that I may reach that point.
Anyway, with that little caveat out of the way, here is my concern/question. For the last several years, I have lived with my parents. For one of those several years, I had an apartment in a neighboring city. Now, during that year, I split my time between both my parent’s house and my apartment. I was frequently at both, but I always considered my parent’s house to be primary residence because I knew I’d only be at my then apartment for a short period of time. Here’s the part that gets fuzzy. The city that I had an apartment in has a local tax associated with it. It’s not a large amount, but it is an amount nonetheless. When I filed my taxes for the 2018 tax year, my dad (who is a CPA and conveniently does all of our family’s taxes) asked me what I wanted to put my primary residence as. I told him my parent’s address (his address lol) as my address because, as I mentioned before, that was what I considered to be my primary address. I filed my taxes and that was that.
One of the automatic disqualifiers for the agency I’m applying to is failing to file/pay taxes. At first, I had no concern regarding my taxes because, as I said, I thought everything was in order. But after thinking about my situation, I realized that I think my taxes for the 2018 tax year were filed wrong. I believe I should have put my apartment address as my primary residence for that tax year, since, as I mentioned before, there is a local tax associated with the city I had that apartment in during 2018. I don’t think I paid the proper amount of taxes. I am going to amend my taxes for the 2018 year, as well as make sure I file my taxes correctly for this year, and pay whatever I need to pay.
But now I’m concerned that the agency I’m applying for is going to view this as a failure to file/pay taxes and automatically DQ me. After going through everything I’ve gone through with this application so far, it would be heartbreaking if that turned out to be the case, but I figure it’s better to face it head on rather than try to sweep it under the rug.
Anyway, what do you guys think about this? I appreciate all your comments/thoughts/advice. And I’ve certainly learned a lesson from this.