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I'm a non-US resident alien, considering to invest in either commission-free ETFs and Mutual Funds offered by TD Ameritrade.

According to The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, certain type of dividends from dividends are exempted from the 30% tax withholding. Does this apply to ETFs as well?

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Non resident as in "I don't have a green card, but I'm on H1/L1 status" or "non resident for tax purposes because I'm a tourist/student/not in the US"? –  littleadv Jul 19 '11 at 2:00
    
I'm not in the US (and never been). –  ASF Apr 21 '13 at 10:08
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Does my prior answer here to a slightly different question help at all?

Are there capital gains taxes or dividend taxes if I invest in the U.S. stock market from outside of the country?

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Been away for quite some time. But yeah the link is very informative.Thanks :) –  ASF Apr 17 '13 at 11:41
    
From IRS perspective ETF is treated as mutual fund it seems. –  ASF Apr 21 '13 at 10:11
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