Money earned from hobby on H1B


h1bque

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Hello, 

A friend of mine is worried about money he has been making through his hobby while on H1B. He also has some web presence. 

He has been informed by a colleague that he can be reported to ICE and deported. Is that true? Is there anything he can do to fix the situation? He is very worried about getting deported.

 

Thanks.

 

 

 

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@h1bque
It is illegal to work without filing new 1-129 filed for second job . If he has got any W2 earning for his 2nd job (hobby) he is at risk. As him to consult some good attorney asap. I know many doing similar in the past thinking its 1099 but hear ICE are looking out to prove them wrong. Watch out. 

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Simply put : This is the guideline - https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/five-basic-tax-tips-about-hobbies

Hobby incomes are one of the biggest $ amounts that remain hidden and many individuals do not report it. Reason being, it's been neglected by IRS for a long time. Being on H1B and Hobby income is just another "Risk" to the status and one in this situaion must work on minimizing the risk.

 

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