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Generally a foreigner is taxed in the U.S. on effectively connected income and fixed and determinable annual or periodic income. ECI arises when you have an operating business in the U.S. ECI also includes gain on the sale of real property or the sale of stock in a U.S. corporation owning real estate.
Page 22 of publication 519 reads "If you were in the United States for less than 183 days during the tax year, capital gains are tax-exempt unless they are effectively connected with a trade or business in the United States during your tax year."
Page 20...I'm sorry
Therefore, as I have not spent 183 days in the US, and as these gains are just from the sale ofstock I had bought, I should not pay tax on them. But do I need to report them anyway?
No, you would not report them. You only report your dividends
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