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Question for the Money Doctors

Question submitted on Feb 20, 2013.

Question

I"m working in Singapore since the beginning of the year for an American Company but my contract is local. I have not live in US since 20 years ago and this is my first job after all this time. Do I need to pay federal taxes and/or state taxes?

Answer

The answer to your question depends on wether you are a US citizen, a resident alien, a non-resident alien, or a person with no ties to the US other than working localy for a company headquartered in the US. If you are a US citizen or a resident alien, you are taxed on income from all sources, both within and outside the United States. You should file a Form 1040 (or 1040EZ or 1040A) by April 15th, 2014 (if you only started working in 2013). See details at www.irs.gov (Topic 851). If you are not a US citizen, see Publication 519 at www.irs.gov.


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