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I am a recent green card holder. I need to file my tax return

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I am a recent green card holder. I need to file my tax return but not familiar with the forms. I am earning wages not in the US. Could you advise me if you give advise on these matters?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lev replied 7 years ago.

You might want to have a tax professional helping you with tax preparation.

You may file on your own - but that will require some time to learn about the tax law.

The IRS Publication 17 - http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p17.pdf - is the main source of information.

 

Generally - you have a choice to file a paper return and mail it to the IRS or use any tax preparation software.

The main form is 1040 - http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040.pdf and here are instructions - http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040.pdf

 

Or - for instance - http://www.taxact.com/ - you may file your tax return online or download the tax software on your PC and prepare the tax return.

 

Even if you do on your own - you still may have Second Look review from H&R Block for just $29 per return - http://hrblock.com/taxes/products/office/second_look.html

 

As you received wages in a foreign country - and paid foreign taxes - you may claim a credit for such taxes on your US tax return - if the same income is taxed in the US and abroad - - you may claim a credit for taxes paid in foreign country - so the same income would not be taxed twice. Use the form 1116 - http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1116.pdf please find instructions here - http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1116.pdf

Let me know if you need any help.