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Do I have to declare to the IRS money that's coming from abroad through my financial Institution(my bank) to purchase a home?

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I have $60,000 that is coming from Brazil which I will use to purchase a home here in the US.
Do I have to declare that as an income?

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If this money is in fact income, then it should be included on both your federal and state tax returns.

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You need to report all income and assets accurately to your lending institution. You only need to declare that money as income if it was income, as opposed to a gift, a personal injury settlement, repayment of a loan, or a transfer of savings, etc. You should not report that money based on the answers in this forum. You need the advice of someone looking at your forms together with you.

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Pamela Koslyn

Pamela Koslyn


Agreed, see a CPA or tax lawyer to determine the taxability of this money. Even PI money is often taxable as income.


If this money is a gift, it is not taxable. If it is income, namely something that is the result of service or goods you provided or sold, than you need to pay taxes. Unless, however, special double taxation rules apply (e.g. you have already paid taxes on this amount).
It is sound to talk to an attorney to clarify each doubt.

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The previous answers are all correct in that you haven't included sufficent information to get a complete answer. Citizens and residents of the US are required to report on their income tax returns here all income world wide. So you should get advice from an attorney before the transfer is made in addition to how to take title to the real estate you are about to purchase.

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