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, 2011 at 2:00
  • I'm not in the US (and never been).
    – ASF
    Apr 21, 2013 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?

  • Been away for quite some time. But yeah the link is very informative.Thanks :)
    – ASF
    Apr 17, 2013 at 11:41
  • From IRS perspective ETF is treated as mutual fund it seems.
    – ASF
    Apr 21, 2013 at 10:11

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