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Aliens - Which Income to Report

Aliens should report their income on U.S. income tax returns depending on their federal tax status:

  • Are you a Resident Alien?
    • Resident Aliens report their entire worldwide income on Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ like U.S. Citizens.
    • Resident Aliens may not claim exclusions of income based on Tax Treaties (with certain exceptions for foreign students and foreign scholars).

 

 

  • Are you a Dual Status Alien?
    • Dual Status Aliens report their entire worldwide income for that portion of the year in which they are Resident Aliens, and report only income that is sourced in the United States or that is effectively connected with a U.S. trade or business for that portion of the year in which they are Nonresident Aliens.
    • Dual Status Aliens report their interest income from all sources for that portion of the year in which they are Resident Aliens, and do not report interest income from deposits with U.S. banks, savings & loan institutions, credit unions, on amounts held by an insurance companies, and investments which generate portfolio interest for that portion of the year in which they are Nonresident Aliens as long as such interest income is not effectively connected with a U.S. trade or business.

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 25-Jun-2013