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Yogesh Mali

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Tax information for non-resident aliens in US
Posted: Sep 17, 2017 6:26 PM
 
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Hello,
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?
Moshe Ben-Or

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Re: Tax information for non-resident aliens in US
Posted: Sep 17, 2017 8:12 PM   in response to: Yogesh Mali in response to: Yogesh Mali
 
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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?
Ward Rogers

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Posted: Sep 17, 2017 9:16 PM   in response to: Yogesh Mali in response to: Yogesh Mali
 
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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.
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Posted: Sep 17, 2017 9:47 PM   in response to: Ward Rogers in response to: Ward Rogers
 
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until you've returned to the land of corruption and predatory banks

Dear Ward, please show me one land on this planet free of either scourge.
Ward Rogers

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Posted: Sep 17, 2017 11:02 PM   in response to: Moshe Ben-Or in response to: Moshe Ben-Or
 
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Moshe Ben-Or wrote:
until you've returned to the land of corruption and predatory banks

Dear Ward, please show me one land on this planet free of either scourge.


Perhaps Indians just complain about it more often. In the payments forum, it manifests itself as a persistent whine in cyberspace, punctuated now and then by huckstery whispers of "Payoneer..."
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Re: Tax information for non-resident aliens in US
Posted: Sep 18, 2017 4:09 AM   in response to: Yogesh Mali in response to: Yogesh Mali
 
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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.

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Yogesh Mali

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Posted: Sep 18, 2017 4:33 PM   in response to: Ward Rogers in response to: Ward Rogers
 
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If you don't know, don't answer. There are better things to do in life than be a keyboard jockey
Emily Veinglory

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Posted: Sep 18, 2017 5:31 PM   in response to: Yogesh Mali in response to: Yogesh Mali
 
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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.
Yogesh Mali

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Posted: Sep 18, 2017 6:02 PM   in response to: Emily Veinglory in response to: Emily Veinglory
 
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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.
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Posted: Sep 19, 2017 2:44 AM   in response to: Yogesh Mali in response to: Yogesh Mali
 
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If you don't know, don't answer. There are better things to do in life than be a keyboard jockey

I enjoy Ward's posts, and his advice is usually worth heeding. A better rule of thumb is not to insult the people who do answer you.

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Emily Veinglory

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Re: Tax information for non-resident aliens in US
Posted: Sep 19, 2017 7:38 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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In this case his advice was incorrect, which is worth noting.
Emily Veinglory

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Posted: Sep 19, 2017 7:45 AM   in response to: Yogesh Mali in response to: Yogesh Mali
 
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Well, the only one you say gives different advice is your employers lawyer. Send it in as a formal question to the IRS and keep the reply. that will cover you.
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