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As a result of their ownership of U.S. real estate, foreign individuals may receive rental or similar payments over the course of each taxable year. If a foreign individual is not engaged in a U.S. trade or business, and does not otherwise file U.S. tax returns, he or she will likely pay taxes (through withholding, at 30% rates) on the gross income paid to such individual. Alternatively, a foreign individual could elect to file tax returns in the U.S., as though such individual were engaged in a U.S. trade or business, and pay taxes on the net income associated with the real estate (i.e. utilize applicable tax deductions) at the graduated tax rates applicable to U.S. persons.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: roadgravel
I'm talking about on the rent they're paid if they rent it out.
Under proportional representation systems, district magnitude is an important determinant of the makeup of the elected body. With a larger number of winners candidates are able to represent proportionately smaller minorities; a 10% minority in a given district may secure no seats in a 5-member election but would be guaranteed a seat in a 9-member one because they fulfill a Droop quota.
The geographic distribution of minorities also affects their representation - an unpopular nationwide minority can still secure a seat if they are concentrated in a particular district.
originally posted by: onequestion
a reply to: reldra
Can you individually point out parts of the article that misread with quotes and my exact quote of how I misunderstood it?
The U.S. Constitution demands that political subdivisions have about equal populations, to maintain the "one person, one vote" standard. To achieve that, a census is conducted every 10 years. Then, soon after the national count has been completed, the redrawing of electoral lines begins.
The number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives is set at 435, but the lines of the districts vary as the population of different areas swells and shrinks. So the first thing each census tells us is how many congressional districts every state will have for the following decade. At the height of its power, from 1945-1953, New York had 45 seats. Today it has 29, and it will lose two more in the 2012 election.
They may be illegal but they still live in the district. And you can't go knock on the door where they're living and demand to see their papers to see if they're legal.