I am an Indian citizen working on a work visa in the USA.

What are the tax implication in the USA for the following scenarios when i need to get a money from India to USA.

 1) Money received from selling inherited property (From parents)

 2) Money received from Parent  as a gift In both scenario, appropriate tax is paid back in India.

 3) Money which i send to Family earlier (In NON NRI or NON NRO accounts) and now i am getting it back (For which i already paid tax earlier in USA)

As of now i file tax return only in USA not in India.

  • Whose NonNRO account did you transfer the money in 3) to? You as first-named holder and some family member as a joint holder? The family member as first-named holder and you as joint holder? In either case, you are in violation of FEMA rules which prohibit you (an NRI) from holding an ordinary savings account in India; all such accounts should have been converted to NRO accounts. So, getting money back from these accounts might be more complicated than you think. Oct 10, 2021 at 3:49

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Answer to question 1. Generally, Money received from selling inherited property, With the presumption that this is non US property, there is no US tax exposure on that money once you have it in the US, , no report required if the FMV does not exceed $100k. Yes, there might some local India estate tax, but not US.

Answer to question 2. Generally, In the US the giver is responsible for the gift tax, if any. There is a threshold. So long your parents are not US person(I.e., US citizen, or resident alien etc); you as the recipient is not liable to pay tax on gift received

Question. So the intent of the money you gave to family member was not as a gift. It was a loan in kind. Since you have already pay gift taxes on it initially, you can try asking for refund by amending the tax return of the year you paid the taxes and attached a reasonable cause explaining that the money was not intended to be a gift. If however it was intended as gift when you gave the money, you getting it back now would just be as if you are receiving a gift in kind. You are only required to report it to the IRS if it exceed $100k during the year

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