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    Dec 27, 2006, 11:38 AM
    Dual status
    I was on F1 status until the end of October 2006. From November to December 2006 I have been on H1 visa. Do I qualify for dual status filing and if so which form(s) do I use. Thanks.

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    Dec 27, 2006, 04:54 PM
    Hungsch:

    Yes, you do qualify for dual-status filing. However, the dual-status tax return is exceptionally complicated and usually offers no advantage over filing as a non-resident alien. Much depends on what your home country is, whether you are married and if your wife and/or children are with you.

    Please tell me your home country, your marital status and if you have children.
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    Dec 28, 2006, 06:39 AM
    I am from Zimbabwe, married and have one child. Are there any tips I can get in filling for dual stutus.

    Thanks,

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    Dec 28, 2006, 05:17 PM
    Hungsch:

    Well, dual-status probably makes sense for you, as it will allow you to claim your wife and child as a dependent if they were with you in the U.S. for at least six months.

    As noted above, the dual-status return is rather complicated. I do not recommend it be prepared by you or the run-of-the-mill tax preparer. You need a tax professional who has experience filing such returns.

    I am available. If you are interested, you can contact me at [email protected].

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