F1 -> H1B in 2018, tax advice needed

SailPoint Technologies john6866
Mar 10 21 Comments

I was an F1 student till Dec 18th last year and then transitioned to h1b on Dec 19th. Can I still use sprint tax to file as a non resident for the entire year?

I also sold stock options in May 2018 and gave etrade a W8 BEN form. Was that the right form for my status? Hoping to get advice from people who've sold stock while they were still in F1 status before. Indian citizen.

Thanks!

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  • Just find a CPA
    Mar 10 4
    • SailPoint Technologies john6866
      OP
      Any advice on how to go about finding one? Reached out to few from yelp and all of them quoted $600 to prepare my taxes. Haven't considered hr block because they're very crappy or so I've heard.
      Mar 10
    • Why $600, any complications with your case? Usually tax filing costs around $100-150
      Mar 10
    • SailPoint Technologies john6866
      OP
      I have no idea. I feel like people hear non resident alien and indian citizen and Jack up the prices. Nothing too crazy, don't own a home or anything. Just visa transfer and stock option exercise in the whole year..Do you know how to go about finding one?
      Mar 10
    • Ping me, I'll send you the contact information.
      Mar 10
  • Amazon HvySpecter
    +1. Why do ppl seek tax advice on Blind? If I answered yes to all of your questions with some bs logic, would you consider it?
    Mar 10 11
    • Amazon HvySpecter
      And btw taxes are taxes period. Check with the CPA when you get your taxes done
      Mar 10
    • SailPoint Technologies john6866
      OP
      They are local cpa firms. If you have suggestions for CPAs that you have used before who can do return facilitation online as well now would a perfect time to make an actual helpful comment on this post :)
      Mar 10
    • Amazon HvySpecter
      I have already given one. If you find these comments unhelpful you should rethink about asking for advice on blind.
      Mar 10
    • SailPoint Technologies john6866
      OP
      If you think you're being helpful you should reconsider posting on threads just to bash and be an unhelpful ass. Thanks for suggesting hr block though, couldn't have found that out by myself /s
      Mar 11
    • Amazon HvySpecter
      Lol.. have some ego issues?
      Mar 11
  • eBay blsbls
    You should be on H1B since 1st October? And not December also read about first year choice. Google is your friend and there are many cpas under $200 to cover these type of cases.
    Mar 11 1
    • SailPoint Technologies john6866
      OP
      Due to delays in H1B processing, if the approval comes after Oct 1st, you're effectively in H1 status from the date mentioned on the approval notice. It seems like the price I was quoted was way more than everyone pays here so I'll Google some more. Thanks!
      Mar 11
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    Mar 16 0
  • CenturyLink OsOpOrAaT
    I’m in the same boat. It’d be helpful if you guys could post any solutions you know
    Mar 10 0