How to add investment income in Sprintax when filing a tax return

How to add investment income in Sprintax when filing a tax return

Many nonresidents are unaware that income earned from investments in the US is subject to tax from the IRS.

What’s more, if you have earned investment income, you may be required to file a tax return.

With this in mind, if you are unfamiliar with the process of managing this tax responsibility, you may be feeling daunted by the task of filing correctly.

In this guide we will discuss everything you need to know to include investment income on your US tax return.


What is investment income in the US?

In the US, investment income is considered to be passive income. This means that it is not effectively connected with trade or business inside the US.

This is an important detail as it indicates that the income is taxed differently to regular US-sourced income.

Essentially, investment income is made from interest payments, dividends, or capital gains realized on the sale of stock or other assets.

For example, Cryptocurrency is one of the most popular areas where investment income is earned in the US.

So, if you made a profit during the tax year on any cryptocurrency (which you traded from a US exchange or broker) while you were living within the US, you will have to declare it on a tax return.


investment income tax

Is there investment income tax in the US?

Yes, if you earn investment income as a nonresident in the US, you will be taxed on it.

However, many nonresidents are not aware of this tax on investment income in the US. Usually, any share of investment profit you make will be charged at the regular Capital Gains Tax (CGT) rate of 30%.

Dividends received from your investments will also be taxed at 30%.

However, if your home country has a tax treaty with the US, you may be able to claim a reduction in taxes paid.


What forms do I need when filing my investment income tax return?

If you earned income through Robinhood, eToro or a similar system, it’s likely you’ll receive a 1099-B form.

You will receive your 1099-B form from your broker or banker. The information on your 1099-B form will need to be outlined on your 1040NR tax return.

This form outlines gains and losses throughout the year for the trader.

Information on the form such as the date the share was acquired and sold will be needed to complete it.


How do I use Sprintax to file my investment income?

Sprintax Returns can help you complete your 1040NR form so that your investment income is reported properly.

Once you receive your 1099 form from your broker or banker, you will need to complete your tax return 1040NR with the information from the 1099-B, 1099-Int or 1099-Div forms you received.

Remember, it’s vitally important you report your investment income tax on your tax return. Doing so will keep you compliant with the tax authorities.

form 1099-B Copy A

Below, you can see a step-by-step analysis of each part of the 1099-B form:

1a – Description of Property

Тhis will outline the number of transactions made toward one company.

1b – Date acquired

The very first date you bought the stocks

1c – Date sold or disposed

The last date you sold the stocks

1e – Cost or Other basis

The total amount on which you bought the transactions reported.


The total amount on which you sold the transactions reported.

1g – Wash sale loss disallowed

Typically, to estimate your wash sale you have to subtract the wash sale amount from the cost basis amount from the broker’s report and enter the result in the cost basis field on Sprintax 1099-B to arrive at the correct gain.

Note that this is not something that Sprintax will calculate for you, it is an amount that you will calculate by yourself and then be used by the software to prepare your return.

Box 4, 16 – Federal/State taxes withheld

You do not fill anything here as you do NOT have taxes withheld on the 1099 forms.

Enter ‘0’ if you are not allowed to continue without filling the boxes.

Box 14State name

The state you lived in while buying and selling the stocks.

Box 15State identification no.

Enter ‘0’ as you do NOT have a state identification number.

Payer’s details

You should enter the details of the company you traded with. For example – Robinhood.

If you do not have their tax identification number – you can put a ‘0’ in each box.


When you are using Sprintax, you will be asked if your income is effectively connected to an US business or trade.

If your only US business activity is trading in stocks, securities, or commodities (including hedging transactions) through a US resident broker or other agent, you are NOT engaged in a trade or business in the United States and you can select ‘No’ for this question.

how to report investment income on tax return

Where is the best place to file my US taxes?

That’s easy – Sprintax Returns!

Sprintax Returns was created specifically with nonresidents in the US in mind, aiming to ensure they complete the often tricky tax-filing process correctly and on time.

Our specialist software was designed to help you e-file both federal and state taxes.

We will guide you through the entire process – helping you to claim every tax relief you’re due to minimize your investment tax bill.


With Sprintax Returns, you can:

  • Avoid unnecessary stress
  • Ensure you are compliant with tax authorities
  • Claim any tax refund due and avail of tax treaty benefits
  • Chat anytime 24/7 with our team in the Live Chat facility

Simply create your Sprintax Returns account here or login to get started!

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