Would a tax deduction be based on married or single status for a green card holder who was married outside the United States?

by Susan E. S. Howe, CPA | Aug 07, 2018
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I'm currently a green card holder, and I'm married in Malaysia. Should my salary tax deduction be based on married or single status?

I assume your question is about U.S. income tax. As you probably know, as a green card holder you are subject to the same worldwide income taxation as a U.S. citizen. As a married person, you are considered married for U.S. tax purposes. You don't have to have been married in the United States to be legally married for U.S. income tax purposes. If you are living and working outside the country, there may be some special tax breaks available to you that could reduce or eliminate your U.S. income tax liability, but these rules are complex, especially for green card holders.

It's best to consult a CPA or tax professional with knowledge in this area of taxation.

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Answered by: Susan E. S. Howe, CPA, is principal of Howe Advisory in Strafford, Pa.

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