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Filing Tax Returns (US)

 
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I was there in US for 3 months (Sep 2003 to Dec 2003). Now I'm back in India and I need to file my US tax returns and I need some advice from you.
What is the best way to file the tax returns from here? I tried some of the websites for e-file option, but everyone says that I'm not eligible for using the e-file option for one or the other reasons like
  • e-File option is not available for people filing the returns for the first time
  • I'm not currently residing in US or
  • I don't have a contact address / phone number in US or
  • I haven't worked there for the entire year of 2003 etc


  • Could someone suggest some other alternatives?
    Also, I have some other questions like
    What is the last date to file my returns?
    What if I fail to file my returns before the deadline?
    Can I give some other address & phone number in US, as I don't live there currently?
    Will the difference in the address create any problem (as it belongs to a different state)?
    Thanks in advance
     
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    Originally posted by Mani Ram:
    I was there in US for 3 months (Sep 2003 to Dec 2003). Now I'm back in India and I need to file my US tax returns and I need some advice from you.
    What is the best way to file the tax returns from here? I tried some of the websites for e-file option, but everyone says that I'm not eligible for using the e-file option for one or the other reasons like

  • e-File option is not available for people filing the returns for the first time
  • I'm not currently residing in US or
  • I don't have a contact address / phone number in US or
  • I haven't worked there for the entire year of 2003 etc


  • Could someone suggest some other alternatives?
    Also, I have some other questions like
    What is the last date to file my returns?
    What if I fail to file my returns before the deadline?
    Can I give some other address & phone number in US, as I don't live there currently?
    Will the difference in the address create any problem (as it belongs to a different state)?
    Thanks in advance


    All I can tell you is:
    Last date to file returns : April 15th.
    If you can't file by that date, you must file for an extension.
    I have no clue about the rest.
     
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    I have answers for ALL your questions, and i was about to post them and then i saw your signature, i wised up
    But seriously i can look it up for you, but first i have a few questions. Did you get your W2 ? If so to which addres ?
     
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    I am not a CPA, but here are my $0.02 anyway...
    What is the best way to file the tax returns from here?
    Have somebody in US to file it on your behalf. Or just mail your papers from India to IRS.
    You will need to file your return as a non-resident (since you have spent less than 183 days
    in the US). So, download forms 1040 forms (and instructions) for non-residents from IRS's
    web site.
    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040nr.pdf
    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040nr.pdf
    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040nre.pdf
    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040nre.pdf
    Read the instructions carefully, and find out which one 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ suits most
    your situation, prepare and file your return.
    here is some more of entertaining reading:
    http://www.irs.gov/faqs/index.html#13
    BTW, do you feel like filing a state tax return as well?
    Also, I have some other questions like
    What is the last date to file my returns?

    The date of your death, probably
    What if I fail to file my returns before the deadline?
    Than, you'll make Uncle Sam wealthier by the amount he owes you
    Can I give some other address & phone number in US, as I don't live there currently?
    I think so. Just read the forms and instruction carefully. If needed, make it appear like
    someone else is filing on your behalf.
    Will the difference in the address create any problem (as it belongs to a different state)?
    You are asking about the federal return, right? Should not matter IMHO. Not sure if the same
    applies to your state return.
     
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    Thanks to everybody.
    Hi vi kam:
    I got my W-2 online (using ADP). The address mentioned in the W-2 is that of the aparment in which I was staying during my visit to US
    Hi Dmitry Melnik
    Thanks for the links. I will check it up as you said.
    Dmitry Melnik: BTW, do you feel like filing a state tax return as well?
    Mmmm...you mean that filing the state returns is optional? I was under an impression that both federal & state returns are mandatory and has to be filed at the same time. Yes, I'm going to file my state returns as well.
    [ March 19, 2004: Message edited by: Mani Ram ]
     
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    Mmmm...you mean that filing the state returns is optional?
    Some states just do not collect state income tax. For instance, I live in TX, and there is no such thing there, and of course nobody files state tax return.
     
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