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Filing a federal tax return if you are a nonresident alien

If you are living and working in the U.S. as a nonresident alien, you may be required to file a federal tax return.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers you a nonresident alien if you are not a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) or do not pass their substantial presence test.  

Learn from the IRS about filing a U.S. federal tax return if you are a nonresident alien. Find out:

  • If you need to file
  • How to claim a refund or credit
  • What income to report
  • Which forms to file

If you are required to file a tax return as a nonresident alien, get more information about:

  • What your filing status is
  • What deductions and credits you may qualify for
  • If you are eligible for an adjustment to gross income, which may lower your tax bill

LAST UPDATED: December 28, 2023


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