- Nonresidents pay not capital gains taxes on the purchase and sale of US publicly traded stocks.
- Nonresidents (absent a treaty provision with their home country that reduces the rate) must pay 30% interest on interest income (other than from US banks, Treasury Bonds and the Portfolio interest exception mentioned below) paid from the US.
- Nonresidents (absent a treaty provision that reduces the tax) must pay a 30% tax on US source dividends.
- There are no restrictions on nonresidents owning US real estate, corporations and businesses.
- If a nonresident has an operating business in the US operating as a partnership, sole proprietorship or through an LLC, they pay the same income tax rate on that income as a tax resident of the US,
- Nonresidents pay the same income tax rates as tax residents on rental income from US real estate (if they make the proper election on their tax return). The profit from the sale of US real estate is taxed at the same reduced capital gain tax rate as paid by a US tax resident.
- Nonresidents making loans to US business can avoid paying any tax on the interest they receive from the US borrower by structuring the loan and its related documents to comply with the Portfolio Interest rules.
- A business operated by a nonresident can be held to have a US tax situs and be required to file US tax returns for keeping inventory in the US, or even having an agent represent it in the US.
- In most countries in the world if a nonresident must pay US income taxes on its US source income, those taxes can be claimed as a credit against any tax in their home country on that income.
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