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Undocumented Latinos may face tax return difficulties

Since Riverside is one of many diverse areas in California, a large number of people living here realize just how many recent changes in the government have a strong impact on immigrants. It isn't only immigration law changes that can directly affect an immigrant population.

One very recent example of this is the new Affordable Care Act, otherwise known by the colloquial name "Obamacare". The tax implications that go along with this new healthcare act are reportedly largely misunderstood by the Latino population, who are reportedly struggling with getting full and competent information on the tax return changes regardless of their immigration status. Because of this, free workshops are being offered in both English and Spanish to help aid the population in understanding what Obamacare means for their tax returns.

It is important that the immigration populace in particular knows how these changes may affect their tax returns, whether they are undocumented or not. Tax returns can be hugely important due to the fact that it can directly change a person's chances of going to school, buying a house, finding jobs, getting healthcare benefits or being eligible for immigration status. In essence, the tax return can either help or hinder any immigrant depending on how it is handled.

Staying informed is one of the best ways to stay on top of the changing systems that impact immigration. However, these waters can be complicated to navigate. For any undocumented immigrants facing tax return difficulties, it might be beneficial for you to consider consulting an attorney.

Source: Voxxi, "Many Latinos still uninformed of Obamacare tax implications", Susana G. Baumann, Nov. 15, 2013

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