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What Is Form 1040-NR: The Outline

Are you looking for comprehensive details on the IRS Form 1040-NR? This article will help you out for sure! Form 1040-NR is a variation of the standard income tax Form 1040 that lets you file your income tax return to the IRS if you are a nonresident alien in the United States, and you receive income from business operations within the country. You also have to file the form if you represent a deceased person who has been obliged to file 1040-NR or a trust/estate that has to file the form but can’t do it for a valid excuse. 
 
This year, you should consider the changes and remember that the gross income limitation has increased for a child or stepchild of a qualifying widow(er), a relative who qualifies for the tax credit of a child, and for entities who pay student loan interest deductions. The limit is now $4,200 instead of $4,150. Other changes include the AMT exemption amount increase, qualified disability trust exemption increase, and more.

For detailed information on the Form 1040-NR improvements, visit the official website of the IRS. For more details on filling out, read below. You can also use our website to download Form 1040-NR fillable PDF to print it or fill and file the entire form online. Now, let’s figure out how to do it correctly. Click the link if you want to know the 1040NR vs 1040 NR EZ difference first. 

How to Fill Out Form 1040-NR

The form includes 5 pages and one schedule. First of all, you should gather all the needed documents to get valid information from them. You need IRS forms W-2 and 1099 along with your personal information, such as your real name, actual address, Social Security Number (SSN), etc. Nonresidents may also be required to fill forms 8833, 8840, 8843, 8938, or one of them. Next, decide what filing status matches your current situation. You are allowed to apply for one or several statuses if needed, but it’s recommended to concentrate on one of them to cut tax liability. 

There’s also a separate section for exemptions and one more for dependents’ information. You have to fill them if you have any. The rest of the sections are provided to collect all the needed information related to different types of income and necessary refunds. Be attentive to the captions for each box to avoid mistakes. Filling out the form, you should:

  • Be focused on the paper;
  • Read the entire form before filling it;
  • Double-check all the figures you enter;
  • Validate the form with your signature when it’s complete;
  • Hire a tax expert if the process seems too difficult. 

In the Tax and Credits section, copy line 36 and paste line 37. In the credits section, fill lines 48-53 or leave them blank if you don’t qualify. Add the totals to finish. In Other Taxes, fill the lines and 54-61 and add lines 53 and 60 to get your total tax amount. If you see that line 71 is a larger figure than line 61, you have to subtract one from another to get the amount you overpaid. Leave line 75 blank if they are equal, and you don’t have any refund due. 

When is The Form Due?

When the form is complete, you have to file it to the IRS by mail or file online via e-mail. We recommend you to use the second option to deliver the form to the IRS faster and avoid accidental mail loss. As for the deadline, it is different from the original form 1040. Nonresident aliens who earn profits within the US during the financial year have to file 1040-NR on the 15th day of the 4th month after the main tax year last day. You have to check the due date for 2020 on the IRS website as they may change it because of the pandemic.

IRS Form 1040-NR Resources

https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-1040-nr

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040nr.pdf

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