Anybody who is not living in the United States and not a citizen of the United States, is classified by the US tax authorities as a "non resident alien". Any of these NRAs who earn money in the United States, however, need to file taxes on that income with the form 1040NR.
I am filling out this form, as I have a few work related stock option benefits for which I have earned some small amount of dividends.
At the bottom of the form, I am asked to fill in my "Occupation in the United States." The official instructions state, "Be sure to date your return and enter your occupation in the United States."
So a question here for anybody who may know: What is my "occupation in the united states"?? Could it possibly be the same thing as my occupation, which is not in the United States? Or maybe is my occupation just "investor"? or Unemployed, or none?
To be honest I am a little uncomfortable giving the factual answer ("investor"), as my income in this occupation is only $100 and that is, in principle, lying because it suggests a situation that is not true.