I am a permanent resident of USA, however I lived in USA in Dec 2015 for 1 month only and worked for only 1 day. My pay was only $344 for 2015. On my W-2, there was no federal tax deducted. In 5 years, I am planning to apply for a citizenship.
As a US resident you pay taxes on world wide income. If you had income from some place other than the US you need to include it as income and pay taxes on it. You would receive credit for foreign taxes paid.
If you had no other income other than $344 you are not technically required to file a tax return. However, my advice to clients is to always file a tax return to start the period of limitations running against the IRS.
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From the time you became a US permanent resident, your worldwide income becomes subject to the US taxation, regardless of where you live. In addition to income tax, you would be subject to the US Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR ), Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA ), etc. Good luck. Zaher Fallahi, Tax Attorney, CPA, MBA, MS.
Yes, all adults should file a tax return every year. If you do not file a tax return, there is not limitation on the IRS auditing you for that year. If you file a return, it starts the Statute of Limitations on Audits (3 years) and Collections (10 years.) Filing a "0" or low income return is wise for this reason.
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