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I came to the USA in 2013 as student, I filled taxes for all the years when I worked (including 2018) through HR block branch located near my school as TurboTax did not support 1090NR.



I moved out of USA in permanently or something like that in 2019, I only stayed for less than 60 days and didn't work. I was here for more than 300 days in 2017, 2018. I am now back in my home country and have no plans to come back in 2020. I was always on student visa from the start nothing changed as immigration status goes when in the USA.



I sold of like 30 shares(200$) of a company in Robinhood app for loss(30$) in 2019 and still haves shares worth around 1000$ in the app as of today.



Do I need to file taxes as a cautionary step for 2019 as resident alien(1090) as the irs presence test of 189 days exceeds in my case?
 

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Someone with more experience will stop by shortly, but regardless of how long you were in the US in 2019, consider the filing thresholds:

Minimum income to file taxes

How much do you have to make to file taxes

Single filing status:
$12,200 if under age 65
$13,850 if age 65 or older
Married filing jointly:
$24,400 if both spouses under age 65
$25,700 if one spouse under age 65 and one age 65 or older
$27,000 if both spouses age 65 or older
Married filing separately — $5 for all ages
Head of household:
$18,350 if under age 65
$20,000 if age 65 or older
Qualifying widow(er) with dependent child:
$24,400 if under age 65
$25,700 if age 65 or older
 

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If I understand correctly, if you were in the US as a student on a F, J, M, or Q visa then the presence test doesn't apply, and you would be filing a 1040-NR.

In part this is due to treaty clauses protecting students and would only have ever had to report US sourced income..

So you would still file a 1040-NR for 2019, and only have to report your US sourced income.

In terms of a clean exit from the US tax system...

Technically I believe when you leave the US you are also meant to file a 1040-C

Then you would file a normal 1040-NR, I assume with a Schedule D to report the loss.

In terms of the interplay of capital losses, the 30% withholding on non-resident income and so forth, I have to admit I don't know - I have never had to look in depth at this.
 
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