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ribhur
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Can a friend who lives abroad transfer $15k to me to pay his student loan ? he dosent have a US account . Does it have any tax implications for me?

My Friend and I are both Non US citizens . My friend lives abroad but went to school in US . The money is entirely to pay his student loan
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GeoffreyG
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Can a friend who lives abroad transfer $15k to me to pay his student loan ? he dosent have a US account . Does it have any tax implications for me?

As long as the $15,000 in funds are sent / wired electronically (and not in cash, where there is a special reporting requirement for all transactions in excess of $10,000), then you shouldn't have any particular problems, as far as this concerns United States compliance and tax reporting requirements.

There is such a thing as a US gift tax reporting requirement (i.e., filing a Form 709 gift tax return, but not necessarily paying any actual gift taxes), where the amount of the gift is greater than $14,000.  However, this proposed $15,000 would not be considered a gift, since you're not keeping it, and are simply acting as a "middleman" or flow-through conduit.  Neither is it considered taxable income (or a deductible expense) to you.

So, from a compliance perspective, I can see no adverse tax implications to you, if you don't keep any part of the money, and simply use your US bank account as a pass-through mechanism and favor for a foreign national friend, to pay off a US debt.  Of course, your friend could probably also wire / pay the debt himself or herself, directly, through a foreign bank account in another country as well, even if a currency translation or an international transaction fee would result.

Either alternative should not incur any negative consequences for you, however.

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