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Persons Employed by a Foreign Government or International Organization - Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)

Employees of a Foreign Government

Compensation for services performed as an employee of a foreign government, without regard to citizenship, residence, or where services are performed, is not considered to be wages for Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) purposes. This includes services performed by ambassadors, other diplomatic and consular officers and employees, and nondiplomatic representatives.

Compensation for services performed as an employee of a wholly owned instrumentality of a foreign government, without regard to citizenship, residence, or where services are performed is not considered to be wages for Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) purposes if:

  • The instrumentality is wholly owned by the foreign government;
  • The services are of a character similar to those performed in foreign countries by employees of the United States Government or of an instrumentality thereof; and
  • The Secretary of States certifies to the Secretary of the Treasury that the foreign government, with respect to whose instrumentality exemption is claimed, grants an equivalent exemption with respect to services performed in the foreign country by employees of the United States Government and of instrumentalities thereof.

Employees of an International Organization

Compensation for services performed within or outside the United States by an employee or officer (regardless of citizenship or residence) of an international organization is not considered to be wages for FUTA tax purposes. The term "international organization" means a public international organization entitled to enjoy privileges, exemptions, and immunities as an international organization under the International Organizations Immunities Act (22 U.S.C. 288-288f).

References/Related Topics

  • Federal Unemployment Tax
  • Internal Revenue Code section 3306 (c)(11), (c)(12), and (c)(16)
  • Income Tax Regulations 31.3306(c)(11)-1; 31.3306(c)(12)-1; and 31.3306(c)(16)-1.

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 03-Feb-2014