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Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 8 – Exempt Individuals

Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 8 – Exempt Individuals

Exempt Individuals are exempt from counting U.S. days for purposes of determining substantial presence in the U.S., nothing more. They are not exempt from tax because of their status as Exempt Individuals, although such Exempt Individuals are frequently exempt from income tax under a Code or tax treaty provision. To avoid this confusion, the IRS … Read More

Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 7 – Substantial Presence Test

Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 7 – Substantial Presence Test

Foreign nationals who are not green card holders (also called nonimmigrants) who are substantially present in the U.S. over a period of years are also resident aliens. Nonimmigrants are substantially present if their countable U.S. days (including partial days) over three calendar years equal or exceed 183 days based on a formula. The 183-day formula … Read More

Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 6 – Green Card Test

Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 6 – Green Card Test

Foreign nationals who are green card holders are residents for income tax purposes unless they have never actually been physically present in the U.S. in that status. Green card holders are resident aliens from their first day of physical presence in the U.S. in that status or earlier if they became resident aliens under the … Read More

Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 5 – Resident or Nonresident Alien

Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 5 – Resident or Nonresident Alien

Foreign nationals are nonresident aliens for U.S. income tax purposes unless they meet one of two tests: 1) the U.S. lawful permanent resident test (also called the green card test) or 2) the substantial presence test. Foreign nationals who change immigration status during the calendar year, or who first enter the U.S. after January 1, … Read More

Mississippi Introduces a Revised Annual Information Return Form

Mississippi Introduces a Revised Annual Information Return Form

The Mississippi Department of Revenue has announced that for 2012 tax reporting, a single Annual Information Return Form 89-140 will be used for both Form W-2 wage reports and Form 1099 or W-2G non-wage income reports.  The Form 89-142 used for 2011 and prior years to report 1099 information has been discontinued.  For tax … Read More

Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 2 – Tax Rules and Procedures for Nonresident Aliens

Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 2 – Tax Rules and Procedures for Nonresident Aliens

Foreign nationals who are nonresident aliens for U.S. income tax purposes are subject to the following tax rules and procedures: 1. Taxation of U.S.-Source Income. Nonresident aliens are subject U.S. federal income tax on their U.S.-source fixed or determinable annual or periodic (FDAP) gross income and on income that is effectively connected to the conduct … Read More