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Author: Holg Three stars, 500 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 121061  
Subject: Taxes for "non-resident aliens" Date: 11/9/1999 3:35 AM
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Ho Fools,

This is copied from another board and I was told to ask this question here. That's why it looks a bit chaotic... Sorry 'bout that. Here goes:

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Thing is, I am German (living in Taiwan) and therefore different regulations, laws, etc apply to me than to an American citizen. It *looks* as if I won't have to pay any taxes at all in the USA, but I am not really sure whether that is actually the case. In Germany a
foreigner investing there can only get a certain amount tax-free, and everything above will be taxed pretty steeply.

>Just a very short question, or maybe two. :) If you >have filled out forms W8 & 1001, will there still be >a maximum limit (for which you *don't* have to pay >taxes in the USA) for a)dividends and
>b)capital gains? If so, how much is it?

As far as I know *every* non-US-citizen has to fill them out before he can start investing in the States.

> If you're asking about an exemption for dividends or >capital gains, there isn't one. Many years ago
>(more than 10) there was a tax exemption for the >first few hundred dollars of dividend income. That's >gone. Dividends and capital gains are taxable
>from the first dollar.


>If this doesn't answer your question you might try >posting again on the Tax Strategies board.

Cheers! Fool on and prosper!
Holg

PS: Aehm... If it isn't too much trouble, could you please cc: a copy to the email address below?

mailto:holg@tomail.com.tw
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