I am on a work visa sponsored by an employer, How would day-trading using a prop firm be classified as ? I have been looking at prop firms that allow you to daytrade by using a small risk deposit. 5K - 20X leverage. I would be givien a K1 to file my taxes with. Is this considered self employment or investment return. I know for sure that I can day trade using a retail brokerege account , which i have done all these years without problems.But the prop type setup is a little different ... Any ideas would be appreciated. My only aim is to overcome the PDT rule .