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Old Apr 3rd 2014, 5:01 pm
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Hi,

Probably am being a numpty, but do I need to file Federal and State Tax Returns for 2013 as I arrived in the US on 26th March 2014? I am not earning anything at present and don't envisage starting a job before April 15th.

Just thinking in terms of the requirements of being a Permanent Resident etc.


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Probably am being a numpty, but do I need to file Federal and State Tax Returns for 2013 as I arrived in the US on 26th March 2014?
No.

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No.

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Default Re: Do I need to file taxes for 2013? Arrived 26 Mar 2014 in US

Originally Posted by hoffage123 View Post
Hi,

Probably am being a numpty, but do I need to file Federal and State Tax Returns for 2013 as I arrived in the US on 26th March 2014? I am not earning anything at present and don't envisage starting a job before April 15th.

Just thinking in terms of the requirements of being a Permanent Resident etc.


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Did you have any income from anywhere in the world ? Check IRS website and really answer all the questions. No one in this forum will know your exact situation.
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Did you have any income from anywhere in the world ? Check IRS website and really answer all the questions. No one in this forum will know your exact situation.
It doesn't matter if he had income in 2013 from anywhere in the world. He didn't become a US PR until 2014.

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Originally Posted by Noorah101 View Post
It doesn't matter if he had income in 2013 from anywhere in the world. He didn't become a US PR until 2014.

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Right. I saw it as March 2013. My bad!

You don't need to file taxes for 2013.
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A little tidbit I remember from my long ago law school class on US income tax. The individual has the option to select what will be his tax year. Most people default to the calendar year -- but I recall that it is not required. However, once the tax year is selected, you are struck with it.

I recall the professor commenting that "only accountant's kids do that."

Given that everything else is based upon calendar year, it would really be a mess if one elects other than calendar year.

I have no idea if this is still true for individuals. However, it is quite common for business entities to use other than the calendar year. BTW, the biggest business using a different year is the Federal Government -- their 'fiscal year' begins each October 1st. It used to be July 1st but they had a five quarter year to punch it out. I know that the State of California still starts on July 1.
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Default Re: Do I need to file taxes for 2013? Arrived 26 Mar 2014 in US

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Hi,

Probably am being a numpty, but do I need to file Federal and State Tax Returns for 2013 as I arrived in the US on 26th March 2014? I am not earning anything at present and don't envisage starting a job before April 15th.

Just thinking in terms of the requirements of being a Permanent Resident
Probably not, unless you need to file a non-resident return for 2013. Say you worked in the US that year or had reportable US-source income (interest on a bank account is exempt).

However if you became an LPR this year, you will need to file a dual-status tax return next year, read IRS publication 519.
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..... I know that the State of California still starts on July 1.
Ditto NC.
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