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File taxes online for 2012 3. File taxes online for 2012   Exclusions From Gross Income Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Resident AliensForeign Earned Income and Housing Amount Nonresident AliensInterest Income Dividend Income Services Performed for Foreign Employer Gambling Winnings From Dog or Horse Racing Gain From the Sale of Your Main Home Scholarships and Fellowship GrantsExpenses that do not qualify. File taxes online for 2012 Introduction Resident and nonresident aliens are allowed exclusions from gross income if they meet certain conditions. File taxes online for 2012 An exclusion from gross income is generally income you receive that is not included in your U. File taxes online for 2012 S. File taxes online for 2012 income and is not subject to U. File taxes online for 2012 S. File taxes online for 2012 tax. File taxes online for 2012 This chapter covers some of the more common exclusions allowed to resident and nonresident aliens. File taxes online for 2012 Topics - This chapter discusses: Nontaxable interest, Nontaxable dividends, Certain compensation paid by a foreign employer, Gain from sale of home, and Scholarships and fellowship grants. File taxes online for 2012 Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 54 Tax Guide for U. File taxes online for 2012 S. File taxes online for 2012 Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad 523 Selling Your Home See chapter 12 for information about getting these publications. File taxes online for 2012 Resident Aliens Resident aliens may be able to exclude the following items from their gross income. File taxes online for 2012 Foreign Earned Income and Housing Amount If you are physically present in a foreign country or countries for at least 330 full days during any period of 12 consecutive months, you may qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion. File taxes online for 2012 The exclusion is $97,600 in 2013. File taxes online for 2012 In addition, you may be able to exclude or deduct certain foreign housing amounts. File taxes online for 2012 You may also qualify if you are a bona fide resident of a foreign country and you are a citizen or national of a country with which the United States has an income tax treaty. File taxes online for 2012 For more information, see Publication 54. File taxes online for 2012 Foreign country. File taxes online for 2012    A foreign country is any territory under the sovereignty of a government other than that of the United States. File taxes online for 2012   The term “foreign country” includes the country's territorial waters and airspace, but not international waters and the airspace above them. File taxes online for 2012 It also includes the seabed and subsoil of those submarine areas adjacent to the country's territorial waters over which it has exclusive rights under international law to explore and exploit the natural resources. File taxes online for 2012   The term “foreign country” does not include U. File taxes online for 2012 S. File taxes online for 2012 possessions or territories. File taxes online for 2012 It does not include the Antarctic region. File taxes online for 2012 Nonresident Aliens Nonresident aliens can exclude the following items from their gross income. File taxes online for 2012 Interest Income Interest income that is not connected with a U. File taxes online for 2012 S. File taxes online for 2012 trade or business is excluded from income if it is from: Deposits (including certificates of deposit) with persons in the banking business, Deposits or withdrawable accounts with mutual savings banks, cooperative banks, credit unions, domestic building and loan associations, and other savings institutions chartered and supervised as savings and loan or similar associations under federal or state law (if the interest paid or credited can be deducted by the association), and Amounts held by an insurance company under an agreement to pay interest on them. File taxes online for 2012 State and local government obligations. File taxes online for 2012   Interest on obligations of a state or political subdivision, the District of Columbia, or a U. File taxes online for 2012 S. File taxes online for 2012 possession, generally is not included in income. 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File taxes online for 2012   Contingent interest does not include interest paid or accrued on any debt with a fixed term that was issued: On or before April 7, 1993, or After April 7, 1993, pursuant to a written binding contract in effect on that date and at all times thereafter before that debt was issued. File taxes online for 2012 Dividend Income The following dividend income is exempt from the 30% tax. File taxes online for 2012 Certain dividends paid by foreign corporations. File taxes online for 2012   There is no 30% tax on U. File taxes online for 2012 S. File taxes online for 2012 source dividends you receive from a foreign corporation. File taxes online for 2012 See Second exception under Dividends in chapter 2 for how to figure the amount of U. File taxes online for 2012 S. File taxes online for 2012 source dividends. File taxes online for 2012 Certain interest-related dividends. 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File taxes online for 2012   Do not include in income any annuity received under a qualified annuity plan or from a qualified trust exempt from U. File taxes online for 2012 S. File taxes online for 2012 income tax if you meet both of the following conditions. File taxes online for 2012 You receive the annuity only because: You performed personal services outside the United States while you were a nonresident alien, or You performed personal services inside the United States while you were a nonresident alien and you met the three conditions, described earlier, under Employees of foreign persons, organizations, or offices . File taxes online for 2012 At the time the first amount is paid as an annuity under the plan (or by the trust), 90% or more of the employees for whom contributions or benefits are provided under the annuity plan (or under the plan of which the trust is a part) are U. File taxes online for 2012 S. File taxes online for 2012 citizens or residents. 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File taxes online for 2012 See chapter 9. File taxes online for 2012 Gambling Winnings From Dog or Horse Racing You can exclude from your gross income winnings from legal wagers initiated outside the United States in a parimutuel pool with respect to a live horse or dog race in the United States. File taxes online for 2012 Gain From the Sale of Your Main Home If you sold your main home, you may be able to exclude up to $250,000 of the gain on the sale of your home. File taxes online for 2012 If you are married and file a joint return, you may be able to exclude up to $500,000. File taxes online for 2012 For information on the requirements for this exclusion, see Publication 523. File taxes online for 2012 This exclusion does not apply to nonresident aliens who are subject to the expatriation tax rules discussed in chapter 4. File taxes online for 2012 Scholarships and Fellowship Grants If you are a candidate for a degree, you may be able to exclude from your income part or all of the amounts you receive as a qualified scholarship. File taxes online for 2012 The rules discussed here apply to both resident and nonresident aliens. File taxes online for 2012 If a nonresident alien receives a grant that is not from U. File taxes online for 2012 S. File taxes online for 2012 sources, it is not subject to U. File taxes online for 2012 S. File taxes online for 2012 tax. File taxes online for 2012 See Scholarships, Grants, Prizes, and Awards in chapter 2 to determine whether your grant is from U. File taxes online for 2012 S. File taxes online for 2012 sources. File taxes online for 2012 A scholarship or fellowship is excludable from income only if: You are a candidate for a degree at an eligible educational institution, and You use the scholarship or fellowship to pay qualified education expenses. 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