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Old 09-09-2017, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Florida
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she did work up until June right before she came to the states. so should I just check "single" in the item 3 in W-4? I think I read if I choose married she may be taxed on the money she earned overseas.
Income earned before she move to the US is not taxed in the US.
Citizens of the US are taxed on their world wide income. Rules can get complex.
I do not have any idea of what happens to a resident alien.
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Old 09-09-2017, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Income earned before she move to the US is not taxed in the US.
Citizens of the US are taxed on their world wide income. Rules can get complex.
I do not have any idea of what happens to a resident alien.
They get to have a green card and apply for a SS number. Then they pay taxes like everyone else. I know. I and my resident alien wife (1982 to 1985) paid taxes like everyone else. In 1985 she became a citizen. As a US service member's wife she got to the head of the line for citizenship and 3 years instead of the normal 5 years.
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Old 09-10-2017, 06:07 AM
 
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You really need to consult w a tax pro this year who specializes in this stuff. Try either asking the immigration attorney who you are using for a recommendation or if you have very ethnic neighborhoods in your area call the local tax shop in those areas because they see this much more often and should be hyper focused in this area.

Based on my view of the facts If she worked overseas in the year of marriage and coming here then you will want to file your tax return as being married filing separately. Your w-4 should withhold at the single rate with zero exemptions. By filing separate you keep her income out of IRS taxation.

The following year she will have met substantial presence test and be treated as a us resident.
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