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My mom thinks I know everything about visas of all sorts now so she asked me this at lunch today: my sister moved to Spain in September 2018 (Auxiliares de Conversacion) after having worked in thr US from January to the end of July. Since she is a USC she has to file taxes in the US and since shes working in Spain she has to file them there. She is also planning on doing another year with the program. She'll be back in the states next to renew her visa in July 2019, and be moving back to the US in Summer 2020.

 

Anyone have any advice for me to give my sister? Or at least an idea of where to start? All I could tell my mom is that she'll have to file in both countries.

 

And is this needs to be moved to the tax discussiom board thats fine 😊 just wasnt sure which would br better to put this on.

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Thread is moved to the Tax & Finances forum, in hopes of answers.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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13 hours ago, rrobin0609 said:

My mom thinks I know everything about visas of all sorts now so she asked me this at lunch today: my sister moved to Spain in September 2018 (Auxiliares de Conversacion) after having worked in thr US from January to the end of July. Since she is a USC she has to file taxes in the US and since shes working in Spain she has to file them there. She is also planning on doing another year with the program. She'll be back in the states next to renew her visa in July 2019, and be moving back to the US in Summer 2020.

 

Anyone have any advice for me to give my sister? Or at least an idea of where to start? All I could tell my mom is that she'll have to file in both countries.

 

And is this needs to be moved to the tax discussiom board thats fine 😊 just wasnt sure which would br better to put this on.

 

Your sister has to file her US taxes reporting ALL income earned in 2018 (both in the US and Spain).

 

Because she has a visa to live and work legally in Spain, she is eligible for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. The tax form to include with her return is 2555 or the shorter 2555EZ. Her qualification is bonafide resident (because she is legally living and working there). It will exclude her Spanish income from being taxed by the US. It is reported to the IRS, but the tax it would generate is subtracted out before she gets to the final "tax due" line.

 

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Forgot to add:

Next year if all of 2019 is spent working in Spain, she still files with the IRS, reporting the amount earned in Spain, but will end up owing zero to the US when she gets to the bottom line because of using Form 2555 again.

Edited by Wuozopo

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