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Hello;I am from The Bahamas and have been married to an American

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I am from The Bahamas and have been married to an American for 38 years. My wife use to live in The Bahamas, but for the past 15 years has been back in the U.S. living in Florida. I work in a family business and travel back and forth to visit her several times a year. We decided to close the family business a few years back, and sold one of our retail locations. For the past two years I have been forced to live off of my parts of that sale, as we continue to try and sell our major property, a warehouse. I have been thinking of moving to the U.S. to be with my wife full time, but do not want to become a burden on the government social services here. However, the majority of any money that I would have, will be as a result of the sale of the warehouse. Should I go ahead and apply for a green card now, or try and wait until the warehouse is sold, so that any monies coming to me are not subject to U.S. taxes until I bring it over and invest in some type of business or means of income over here?
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Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq.
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How much money does your spouse make per year? Is it just you and her or are there other dependents?
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Customer reply replied 4 years ago


She is retired ( 66 years old) and doesn't make a salary. (She collects $400 from SSI. We have a LLC company we formed this past year for a house that was left to her by her father in law. It made $20K rent, but the associated costs involved for her to live, offset that amount. No other dependents.

Well, you have three options:

1) She can begin working again and show income of around $20,000 or more per year.

2) You can use 1/3 the value of any asset that you own to meet the requirement (so you would have to sell the warehouse and transfer the money to a U.S. bank account). Or of course if she has equity in a house of over $60,000, that would work as well.

3) She can look for a Joint Sponsor for the financial aspect of the case. This sponsor must also file the same Affidavit of Support that she does and submit the same evidence that she still has to submit. The Joint Sponsor can be any U.S. Citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident that is over the age of 18 that makes the minimum amount. It does not have to be a family member or a household member.

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Customer reply replied 4 years ago

I think that maybe you are misunderstanding my question. At the moment I bring some funds to my wife to help her pay her bills, as what she has here is not enough. However, I am not looking for a financial sponsor for myself. I do have enough liquid assets to be able to get a green card; HOWEVER the funds I DO have would not last forever, and for me to start up a business over here, I would need the proceeds from the sale of my family warehouse. What I am asking is that while I know I can bring the money over I now have without paying any U.S. taxes on it, (until I use any of it to make an income,) what happens if I get my green card now, sell the warehouse later, then bring those funds over to invest and live on. Would I have to pay U.S. taxes on that, or not until I DO make an income from it in the U.S.?


 


 

Then that is a tax question, not an immigration question. I will Opt Out and transfer your question to that section. Please do not respond to me because it will delay the transfer of your question. Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience.
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Your question has been moved to the Tax Category.
You asked "What I am asking is that while I know I can bring the money over I now have without paying any U.S. taxes on it, (until I use any of it to make an income,) what happens if I get my green card now, sell the warehouse later, then bring those funds over to invest and live on. Would I have to pay U.S. taxes on that, or not until I DO make an income from it in the U.S.?"
When you are a resident alien or Green Card holder in the US you pay tax just like a citizen. This means that when you sell the property you will need to report the sale and pay tax in the US on the gain but if a loss from the sale then you would be allowed to use that against income. This is true even if you left the money in the other country when you sale.
Unfortunately, under US tax law you will pay tax on the gain (if you have a gain) and then if you use those funds to earn more money you will pay tax on the earnings as well.
Please respond to me before you rate if you need clarification and thank you again for your patience while the Customer Support moved you to the correct area for your question.
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Customer reply replied 4 years ago

O.K. Robin, you answered the question. Just to be absolutely sure 'though, whatever funds I have (or accumulate) before I apply for the green card, can be brought over and I won't pay any taxes until I use it to make income, right?


And am I subject to U.S. taxes when I APPLY for the green card, or when I RECEIVE a green card?

That is correct. The US does not tax non US sourced income of Nonresident aliens. When you become a US person by either time here in the US or the Green card then you are taxed on all income worldwide.

 

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