I am currently residing in US on H1B visa which is an employment visa. As a restriction, I can get paid by only my employer. I want to publish my fiction book back in my home country (India) . Do I still provide my US tax informations? Will this affect my visa in any ways? There are lot of mix responses for this question from lawyers and tax accountants. Has anyone published a book before in similar situation?
You are really going to risk your H1B status, even potentially or theoretically, over a book you can publish later, when this is no longer an issue for you? Seriously, if even one lawyer in 100 tells you that there is a danger, is it worth the risk?
Even if you manually set your distribution to India only, Amazon is in the U.S. and so are you. Yes, you will be on the IRS radar, and Immigration's as well. Do what you want, but you might be better off waiting to publish until you've returned to the land of corruption and predatory banks...well, at least you'd be safe from the Immigration Department. Good luck.
As others have suggested, it's just not worth the risk. Perhaps your brother could publish it while residing in India (or anywhere else, for that matter)?
So H1B visa makes you NON-RESIDENT? How fascinating. I wonder how many person-hours and conferences were required for the IRS to come up with that. I believe you are a US PERSON,however. Gotta love it! Non-resident US person, brilliant.
The lecture this evening on my course The World Was Never the Same deals with the election of Franklin Roosevelt, as one of the 32 most important events in history. FDR did not create the income tax, but he made it our partner in everything we do, so he certainly deserves his place in the curriculum.
I have been in exactly your position (H1B in the US, two separate times, while also earning as an author and stock photographer) and no it is not a problem, You can have only one salaried position. MISC/royalties income is allowed.
But rather than taking legal advice from the internet go to any tax filing office, even a budget HR Block or similar office could confirm it. It is best to have documentation of the advice relating to your exact situation.
I have to agree that it is odd how any people will reply to a thread were they have nothing of substance to add to it.
Thanks Emily. I have got the same feedback from my friend who works for IRS and is an accountant. But then my employer's lawyer had different advice. None of them gives the same answer.
Also I don't really care about money part. As a writer, I believe in starting the process from first draft till the book goes into publication and I would like to just get over with this publication. It's different satisfaction about finishing a project.