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Questions tagged [non-resident]

Questions concerning government regulations or corporate practices that apply specifically to people who are not residents (or not citizens) of the country in question.

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Can I open a US bank account even if I don't live in the country?

I'm Swedish, but living in Switzerland at the moment. Can I open a US bank account? Either when in the US on vacation or through the internet/phone? Lots of situations when I find myself in need of ...
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Can foreigners holding US tourist visa create a bank account in USA?

I am not a US citizen and want to visit USA as a tourist. Since withdrawing money from my home-country bank account will cost much, it is better to open an new bank account in US (after arriving) ...
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U.S. citizen hired in U.S. but working and resident abroad. How should my employer be handling my taxes?

I am a U.S. citizen living abroad. I was hired as an employee of a small U.S. company with the understanding that I would be working from outside the USA. I am pretty sure my employer is not ...
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Tax consequences of a foreign bank account for a US/Canadian citizen

My wife is a Canadian citizen, I am a US citizen. We live in the US, but make frequent trips to Toronto. The problem we face each time we cross the border into Canada is that we have to change our ...
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Can I open a rollover IRA account in the US when I am not a citizen, nor no longer live there?

I lived in the US for about 7 years, and started saving money in the company's 401K plan. I had a green card, but decided to move to my home country years before it expired. I have a US SSN. Now the ...
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Opening American credit cards while residing in the UK

In order to introduce the context of the question, I am a UK citizen with a good credit rating and no debts who currently resides in the UK, and do not currently own property in the US. In reference ...
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Applicability of form W-8BEN-E / W-8BEN to an Indian citizen

I am an Indian citizen residing in India. I have started working as a consultant for a US-based company since June 2015. I have submitted my first invoice to the company (I will be getting paid in US$)...
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For a non-resident, Is it worth investing in a 401k?

I'm planning to stay in the U.S. for 3 to 5 years. My company offers a 4% match for 401k contributions. Is it worth investing in a 401k plan with all the fees and penalties? Or is there a better way ...
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Can I refinance a property in the U.S without U.S. income?

I'm Working for a big international corporation and I'm back from a few years of relocation in the U.S. while I was in the states on a US payroll (I'm not an American citizen) I bought a property (...
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How is road warrior's income taxed?

One UK tech company is offering me to work for them (ie. be on their UK payroll). I am citizen of Estonia. Since, in this job I will travel every 3 or so months between different countries (as in ...
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How can a U.S. citizen open a bank account in Europe?

Since interest rates are higher in the Eurozone than in the U.S., I'm exploring the possibility of opening a Eurozone bank account. For example, ING Direct is offering 3.5% on a 12-month CD, whereas ...
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Non-Resident Alien investing in a Vanguard mutual fund: is this allowed?

first a little bit of background about me. I'm a phd student on an F1 visa. I have been in the US for a little over 2.5 years and I expect to stay here for about the same length of time. Because I've ...
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Are non-residents or foreigners permitted to buy or own shares of UK companies?

Is it legal to hold shares in the UK if you are not a UK resident? I presume it is ... after all governments are going to want you to do this as it's a revenue stream for them right? Thanks.
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Bank account in Germany for non-residents?

I'm an EU citizen currently working in Germany. I have a bank account there, but when my contract ends, I'll probably migrate to other country, but it's likely I'd return there after some time. I ...
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US Taxes: How does the foreign earned income exclusion affect Roth IRA contribution limits?

We are US citizens. We live overseas and make our income from a business here. We pay taxes here on the income and thus don't pay US taxes on it. Let's say we make $50,000 and all of it is excluded on ...
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WHEN should I realize capital gains before going from non-resident alien to resident alien in USA?

I have read this post (How to realize capital gains before going from non-resident alien to resident alien in USA) and would like to ask a follow-up question. It's understood that capital gains ...
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U.S. citizen living abroad: How do I declare my income and file for taxes if I've been delinquent in filing?

I'm 26 and have lived outside the U.S. all my life. I never filed a U.S. income tax return. I know nothing about doing my taxes, and would like to file for the years that I neglected to before the ...
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What happens when a non-U.S. citizen who's been making money from the U.S. moves to the U.S.?

So I've been making money from the US over the Internet, money that has been wiring from affiliate companies, PayPal, and Google to my home country. I never reported any taxes because of my non-US ...
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U.S. credit/debit card for non-U.S. citizens to use on e-commerce sites to buy digital goods, e.g. ebooks?

I am neither a U.S. citizen nor resident there — I live in southeast Asia. I want to be able to buy Kindle ebooks on Amazon.com, and to shop on other U.S.-based e-commerce websites for digital ...
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Buy US ETF as foreigner — a bad idea?

I'm considering to buy index ETFs from US through TD Ameritrade, but as a non-resident alien (foreigner), my main concern is the 30% withholding tax on: all dividend (especially the bond ETFs) ...
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Investment methods for a US non-resident alien, living in the US for the next 2-5 years only

If an employer does not offer a 401k plan, what options do I have to invest in stocks, bonds, ETFs, etc.? Would a Roth account be a viable option considering I will probably be in the US for 2-5 more ...
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Which EU or Turkish bank will issue a debit card to a non-resident from Ukraine? [closed]

I live in Ukraine and I want to get a debit card in any other country, preferably in EU or Turkey. Please advice a bank which can issue this kind of card (debit card) for me.
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Capital gains taxes on share of inherited property?

I along with my cousins just sold some real property located in in Quebec that was inherited from our grandfather to our parents, and then to us. I received a 1/8 share of the proceeds which amounts ...
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Do I have to close my US bank account because I'm leaving the country?

I moved over to the US from the UK with my job but am now moving back to the UK. As I was an HSBC Premier customer I automatically qualified for a Premier Account in the US and didn't have to supply ...
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Can a foreigner open a bank account in the UK?

I am from Hungary and I will visit the UK for about a month (just for fun). I would like to open a bank account there. Can I do that? What are the latest regulations? Are there any special ...
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Do Canadian citizens have to file Canadian income tax returns even when living abroad?

American citizens are required to file taxes from abroad and to declare all world income. Is something like this also a requirement of Canadians when not residing in Canada? Does anyone have any ...
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Born in the U.S.A., but I have no SSN & I live in Canada. Must I file a U.S. income tax return each year?

I was told when I applied for my U.S. passport years ago that as long as I had never worked in the United States and did not have a SSN, then I did not have to file taxes. This is what the U.S. ...
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I'm a resident of Monaco and my future wife is a US citizen and resident. Will I have tax obligations once married?

As my header explains, I'm concerned with the possible tax ramifications once married let alone being in a de facto relationship. For example, France is harsh when it comes to taxes. If she lived ...
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Personal bank account in the U.S. opened while on a J-1 Visa: Can I still use it?

The last time I was on U.S. soil was in 2011 on a J-1 Visa. I opened a personal bank account with Bank of America in California. I didn't close it when I left. I still have money in the account and I ...
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What are the rules for a Roth IRA when you become a nonresident?

What are the rules for Roth IRAs when someone leaves the USA and becomes a resident of another country before the age of 59 1/2? Does the Roth IRA account need to be closed and the funds withdrawn ...
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What is a better way for an American resident in a foreign country to file tax?

I usually file my taxes using turbo tax. Last year I moved to a foreign country and I tried to file my tax again using turbo tax, but I feel like it's confused about some parts: Turbo tax doesn't ...
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Received capital gains dividends from a Canadian mutual fund. Do I need pay tax in Canada?

I have some mutual funds in Canada from BMO. I am a non-resident of Canada. I am U.S.A resident. I recevied capital gains dividends. Do I need to pay capital gains tax in Canada? Or just pay U.S.A.? ...
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US Filing Status when married to non-resident foreigner in the US

I am US citizen living in the US getting married to a non US citizen who is studying here on a non-immigrant J visa. While she is the in the US, she has and will have no income. In a year or two, we ...
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Tax Question for US Citizen moving abroad

I am an American Citizen moving to Argentina and will continue to work for my US based company. Should I be paid offshore to establish the foreign earned income exclusion or it does not matter?
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Non-tax-resident of Canada needs to pay taxes for investment account earnings?

if a person were to be a non-resident of Canada without jobs, a spouse, kids, asset (houses, cars etc.) in Canada, then that person would not be obliged to file a tax report. However, if that person ...
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My employer is refunding incorrectly witheld FICA. Do I need to wait for W-2c to file?

My employer withheld FICA taxes and generated a W-2 based on it. I see the error and report it to them. Now they are refunding the FICA taxes and will issue a W-2c. They say you can proceed with ...
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How to avoid U.S. FICA (S.S.)

I am a U.S. citizen and a citizen of another foreign country. I live abroad for many years in that 2nd country. I file a 1099 each year. I was wondering if there is a legal way to stop paying FICA on ...
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How to realize capital gains before going from non-resident alien to resident alien in USA

I am a foreigner and will move to USA next year (2016) and want to optimize my tax situation beforehand. I bought stocks in 2009 which appreciated in value but I would still like to keep them. So my ...
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Any banks in Hong Kong offer credit cards to non-HK residents?

Any way to get a credit card in HK without holding a HK ID card? Are there any local regulations preventing banks from offering that, or do the banks simply not want to bother? I tried HSBC and was ...
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Transferring money from Foreign Account to NRO Account in india - is it taxable?

I'm working in Maldives. I'm transferring money from my Maldives savings account to my Indian Savings account(NRO). Will it be taxable in India? Again I'm transferring the money from my Indian ...
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Tax implications of receiving cash bonus from bank for a non-resident alien

Suppose that a non-resident alien, who occasionally visits the US as a tourist, but who also happens to have a social security number (issued while being on an academic visa many years ago), opens a ...
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What is a W-8 form, and how should I fill it in?

I've been looking at some online ad revenue providers. The US-based sites seem to want me to complete a W-8 form. What is the W-8 form and how should I go about completing it?
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Is it possible to trade in UK's investment ISA after moving abroad?

I am EU citizen and the resident in UK holding an investment ISA. I will be moving back to my home country this year and I was trying to find out whether I would still be able to trade in my ISA after ...
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Can a Canadian resident in the US transfer funds from one RRSP to another?

Once a Canadian resident moves to the U.S., the most common tax advice is to leave any RRSP in place in Canada because attempting to convert to an IRA or otherwise withdraw the money has some horrible ...
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Personal bank account for non-resident in UK

I have just received a job offer in the UK (for a UK company) and i want to open a personal account with a UK bank to receive my salary and avoid international fees. I've read around the web about UK ...
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Questions on retirement saving plans for non-resident aliens

I am a German citizen that started working as a postdoctoral researcher at a University in the U.S., being on a J1 visa. Part of my benefits package includes an employer match that I can make use of ...
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What's a reliable way for a non-permanent resident alien in the USA to get an auto loan?

I am a Canadian citizen starting work in the USA under a F1 OPT extension (one year). After the OPT extension is up, I'll probably be seeking an H1-B visa. I'm looking for an auto loan. I have a ...
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Have I committed a crime by not declaring a salary in India while working as an NRI?

I moved away to Europe almost ten years ago. To be honest, my father handled most of the taxation legalities for me. I moved here, began my life and lived live normally. Now that I've married a ...
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File Taxes: US Expat, now married to foreign national

I live in Sweden and I got married last year to my Swedish wife. We have no children or dependencies. Does she have to file any USA tax forms? Can I just file Married Filing Separately and she does ...
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Moving from USA to India, and will be working remote. Where should I get paid?

I am an Indian citizen and have resided in the US for more than 5 years and will be moving back to India soon (because of idiotic laws that prevents an H4 visa holder to work remote for an overseas ...