Similar Posts


  1. @Wilhelmina,

    As usual, the answer is “it depends.” 🙂

    But here is a starting point: IRS Publication 519.

    Basically they’re saying that when there is community property income (under your local law) and one of the spouses is a nonresident alien, then you give all of the salary income to the person who earned it. Thus, if you are a U.S. citizen and not working and your spouse is not a U.S. citizen, then attribute all of your spouse’s salary to him, not to you.

  2. I don’t know if this is where I can ask questions, but does one’s non American spouse need to file too? Meaning, in this tax return does the non American’s income count? Let’s say an American woman married to a non American who is a stay at home mom with no or very little income? And is there a minimum income one must make that requires filing? If one owns a home in a foreign country does one need to declare that if one is living in it? I’m sorry to ask so many surely inane questions, but I have been living abroad for over 25 years and have never filed a tax return. I personally do not think I make enough money for it to matter. But would my husband’s ( a non American with no green card having never resided in the US) income count? Thank you very much for any information you can provide me with.

Comments are closed.

Tax laws change over time, and the information in this post above may be less accurate today than it was at the time of the last revision. This post is not tax advice for your specific situation. Please contact an international tax professional to get personalized advice for your situation.