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US taxes Filling in W9 form as a non-resident electing to be taxed as resident

My wife worked in the US in 2022 as an independent contractor on F1-OPT status. She was recently asked by her client to fill in a W9 form. The W9 form specifies that it is for US citizens, or US ...
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NRA/RA Test and FICA exemption

I was on F-1 from 2018-08 to 2020-05 in the US, but I stayed in my home country from 2020-05 to 2022-09 and I came back to the US from 2022-09 till now. I am on F-1 all the time, and technically 2024 ...
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Can I receive APTC if I am on F1?

Last year I used the marketplace (healthcare.gov) to get health insurance for myself (F1) and my dependents (F2). Based on the information and documents I provided, they found me eligible and gave my ...
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Form 8843 - Statement for Exempt Individuals - Do I need to complete a closer connection form?

I am a Canadian citizen that has studied and worked in the US over the past 5 years. I am unsure how to complete Part III Questions 11 and 12 on the Form 8843. I was on an F1 from Aug 2010 - May ...
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F1 to H1B - Should I be filing taxes for 2019 as a Resident Alien or a Non-resident alien?

I was on F1 since my first arrival to the US in 2015 (never been to the US before). My H1B was approved in June 2019 (I have been on F1 all the time before this date and was Exempt) Should I be ...
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Tax filing requirements for OPT period (F-1 VISA) in Pennsylvania

This past year I worked under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program after I graduated. I started my employment period March 15th and worked until September 28th. During this time I got paid ...
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On my tax status and the substantial presence test for F1 student on OPT

I have done much reading on the matter but I find myself still uncertain regarding my current tax status, because of how the exemption days count for F1 students. I got my F1 visa and have been ...
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File as single or married separately?

I’m in the US under an f1 student visa and got married in december of 2023 with a foreign person that lives abroad. I received income in 2023 and will submit my taxes as non resident and I believe my ...
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Can F1 Student Resident Alien Buy From Treasury Direct?

I've been in the United States for 10 Years now on F1 VISA. I've filed taxes and got a SSN 5 years ago. I have a drivers license and an EAD. I'm a resident alien for tax purposes. Can I open an ...
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Is filing taxes necesssary for a non-resident alien working remotely from abroad

This question is for a cousin of mine, who is a citizen of the UAE. In January 2019, she went to the US (Washington State) for her master's studies. She has a US SSN which she got for some on-campus ...
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Individual Mandate Penalty for a Resident Alien who left the country in August

I am an F1 student who was in the United States from September 2011 till August 2018. I completed my coursework in May 2015, and stayed in the US for another three years under the OPT provision. I ...
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Passive income for International student

After working 3 jobs and taking advantage of scholarships, I am seeking advice for earning passive income with F1-visa. It's amazing to be able 'buy' time to spent with the family!! I am very ...
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Can an F1 student file as resident alien? (less than 5 years)

I'm a foreign student on F1. I came to the US in 2018. I stayed in the US for 350 days in 2019. I'm aware of the substantial presence test that determines whether I should file as resident alien or ...
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What are the earning opportunities for international students with F-1 Visa in USA?

I'm prospective graduate student hoping to apply for a graduate program in usa in the coming fall intake. But a major issue that's been affecting my decision making in the past few days is the amount ...
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Can F1 students in the US earn Social Security work credits?

Assume a typical F1 student in the US. No side gig, focusing on their PhD work, getting a stipend from their school and possibly doing summer internships using CPT. Can they earn Social Security work ...
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When is the earliest I can file as a resident alien?

I came to the US in 2016 August as a F1 student and I know I am a non resident alient for the first five years. I want to know when the earliest I can file as a resident alien. Is it when I file in ...
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International student in the USA reselling in europe

I am a student studying in the USA and have a study visa. I have a business in Germany with a partner of mine. What i'm wondering is, if there are problems with my visa or if I risk something if i buy ...
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Reporting capital gains as an F-1 student in the US

United States Since I was on an F-1 STEM OPT status in 2021, my brokerage company issued me a 1042-S form. This only shows the dividends and interest, but not the capital gains. How do I calculate my ...
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Married Filing Jointly, moved from F1 to H1B on November 6th

I worked on OPT (F1 visa) in 2017 till November 5th and then moved to H1B. After my research, I found out that I don't pass the substantial presence test since I was under F1 student visa (OPT) for ...
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Closer Connection Exception to the Substantial Presence Test for Foreign Students while on F1-OPT?

I've been in the US as non-resident and resident. 2014 - F1 - NR 2015 - F1 - NR 2016 - F1 - NR 2017 - F1 - NR 2018 - F1-OPT - R (filled 1040) 2019 - F1-OPT - R (filled 1040) 2020 - F1-OPT - R (filled ...
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US taxation of stock purchase plan for non-resident alien

An individual in USA is a non-resident alien for tax purposes for the whole year. He works for a US corporation in US. He buys stocks under the stock purchase plan of the company and sells it in the ...
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Applying for first Credit Card in USA (International Student/Teacher)

I have been in the U.S. for the past 1 year and since then I just have a Wells Fargo Debit card. Recently I tried to apply for an American Express credit card (applied online) but I got rejected. ...
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Should I file as Resident or Non Resident for FY2020? I arrived in US in 2015 on F1 and switched to H1B in Oct 2020

I am a single individual who arrived in US in Aug 2015 on F1. I was on OPT until 30th Sept 2020 and then switched to H1B from 1st Oct 2020. After reading documents below, I gathered that since I have ...
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Can a student with F-1 visa status in USA invest using Robinhood app? If yes, how can we pay taxes including this investments?

I'm an international student in the USA on an F1 Visa. I just want to know if I can use Robinhood app on my visa status. I've found some posts on Quora that say trading is completely legal, but should ...
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Dual status tax returns (F-1 H1B)

I was on an F-1 visa from August 2013 till September 2017 and on an H1B visa from October till now. I am single. I filed extension for the 2017 year and now as I am Resident for tax purpose as I ...
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Can I file tax for both F1 and H-1B partially the first year?

Last year I started working at a company as F-1 OPT around Jul, and then I turned into H-1B on Oct. So, I have to file as a non-resident alien. However, somehow the company withhold FICA tax from my ...
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Stimulus check for resident alien on 2020 tax return

As a F1 student, I was nonresident alien from 2015-2019, then my status changed to resident alien at 2020. But, as you know, this status change happens at August 2020, I didn’t get the stimulus check, ...
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F1 - EAD OPT tax filing

I am on EAD OPT Visa and filing tax returns. Completely confused on which form I have to file with 1040 or 1040NR, 1040NR-EZ I am in USA from JAN 2014 to till date, and single(no dependents). Please ...
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How do I file 2015 taxes for F-1 OPT till Sept 30, 2015 to H-1B from Oct 1, 2015?

Last year, I've filed 1040NR-EZ myself by entering all the values in the form manually. Because of complications in my case this year, I'm seeking a software's help. I was on F1/OPT From Dec 2012 ...
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Do I pay gift taxes in US, if I send money (>$15000) to my father in India?

I am in the US on F1 visa - OPT, I need to send money to pay off my student loan in India. I have already sent about $25000 to my dad, who has paid it to the bank for my student loan and I am planning ...
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F1 OPT, marriage to Canadian citizen, FICA taxes and tax filing status

This year is a complicated one for me for tax purposes. I've been in the US since mid 2015, with F1 status. I currently still have F1 status, with OPT. If I've understood everything correctly, I ...
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Can I deduct anything from my Taxes if I send money back home for my educational loan?

For the tax year, I was on an F-1 visa. I routinely send money back home to India for my educational loan/ family purposes. Can I deduct this from my taxes?
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Can I start a youtube channel and earn from ad-sense(if any) while being in US on F1 or H1 Visa?

I am currently working on F1 STEM OPT, and waiting on my H1B approval. I would like to start a YouTube channel to post tech videos, game play and some other content through different channels. This ...
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Where do I report 1042 S income and tax withheld on form 1040?

I am an F1 student and I am filing joint taxes with my husband, who is a resident alien. We are to fill form 1040. As a non-resident alien when I file 1040-NR, there's space to report the fellowship ...
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Tax forms to report Capital Gain/Losses for Non-Resident Alien on F-1 visa?

I am a non-resident alien on F-1 Visa. I recieved a W-2 from my employer. I have also sold stocks and etfs through robo-advisors. I have recieved forms 1099-B and 1099-DIV from them. Where should I ...
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Does a small Bonus for an unpaid internship need to be reported or taxed?

I did an unpaid internship in fall 2019, at the end I was given an amount below $500 as a small bonus for my work their. It came from a personal account of my boss, so my question if that money needs ...
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Am I a US resident?

I came to USA in August 2015 on a F-1 visa and switched to H1-B visa in Jan 2020. As per the substantial presence test, I will only become a resident alien after 183 days. My questions are, I have ...
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Is buying and selling Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrency) legal for a student on F-1 Visa doing OPT in USA?

I know that trading stocks is allowed for F-1 students in the US as long as income/losses are reported when taxes are done. (Is Stock Trading legal for a student on F-1 Visa in USA?) How about buying ...
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Can an F1 student elect to file as a resident alien during the first 5 years?

As stated above, can an F1 student elect to be treated as a resident alien for tax purposes? As in, can an F1 student choose to not exempt their days in the US under the substantial presence test?
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Should F2 spouse file 8843?

I have been in the US since 2016 under F1 student visa with my spouse who has F2 visa. Since I am still a non resident alien, I have been filing under single status. However, I learned that my spouse ...
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F-1 to H-1B Tax Filing Status - 5 Calendar Years?

I came to the US to study on an F-1 visa in August 2014 and graduated in May 2018. Since then, I have been working on an F-1 OPT visa. In 2019, I applied and received my H1B visa - specifically, my I-...
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F-1 Visa expired - Unable to repay private student loan. What to do?

I was an F-1 student and I graduated with MBA from a top 15 B-school in 2016 and had taken a loan of $85000 (without co-signer). Since my H1B didn't kick in I was forced to quit my job and leave the ...
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US investments for a non-resident alien

Where am I allowed to invest my money in the US considering that I am non-resident alien (I have a F1 visa)? I noticed that most of the brokerage or investment platforms online do not allow people ...
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U.S. taxes for last year of residency

My situation: I was a student on an F-1 visa in the U.S. during the first half of 2017. I received a salary while being a student. I had been in the U.S. for >5 years, so I was a resident alien for ...
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US Taxes: Married Filing Separately vs Single Filing for NonResident Aliens

My spouse and I are both graduate students in F-1 status for the last year 2014. I thought we could file a joint federal tax return, but now, as per this link on IRS website, it seems non-resident ...
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Tax return on income less than 8000 USD from royalties

I am a U.S. Nonresident Alien (graduate student in Seattle, WA). I am married, but my wife is not in US. In 2018, I earned ~8,000 USD in royalties. That's my total US earnings for 2018. I have not ...
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Fed MED/EE, Fed OASDI/EE and CA OASDI/EE visa status F1 - OPT

When I worked as intern on CPT, my employer deducted the following taxes from my pay check: Fed MED/EE Fed OASDI/EE CA OASDI/EE My tax agent said I need to request them to get that back or fill a ...
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Capital gain tax on stocks for nonresident alien under USA-German tax treaty

I am trying to understand the tax treaty between USA and Germany but this is a pain. I am in the USA on a student visa and considered to be a nonresident alien for tax purposes. I had some gain from ...
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Using Standard deduction while filing 1040NR for year 2018

As per https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p519.pdf Standard deduction. If you are a student who qualifies under Article 21(2) of the United States–India Income Tax Treaty, you can take the standard ...
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PA state tax for CA income as an F-1 student (nonresident alien)

I'm currently studying in PA on F-1 visa and have earned my only income last year from CA (internship while on CPT). I understand I should file state tax with CA as a nonresident. But I'm confused ...