My father (non-resident alien) is thinking about giving me a rather large amount of money from his American bank account. I'm a resident alien on OPT with F1 visa. I know that I will need to file form 3520
1. Does my father need to file form 709?
We've been asking around and most accountants are saying that he doesn't need to file anything because he is a non-resident alien who has no ties to US whatsoever. Is that the case?
2. What does form 3520 do?
1) There is no US filing requirement for your father as he is a nonresident and is not in the US.
2) Form 3520 is an information form only and not a tax form. It is a separate informational return sent to the IRS and is not included with your tax return. It is a return to report transactions with foreign trusts and receipt of certain foreign gifts.
You can download the form and instructions with the links below. TurboTax does not support Form 3520.
IRS Form 3520 - https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f3520.pdf
IRS Form 3520 instructions https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i3520.pdf-