Federal Income Tax Withholding on Wages paid to Nonresident Aliens


Salaries, wages, or any other pay for personal services (referred to collectively as wages) paid to nonresident alien (NRA) employees are subject to graduated withholding in the same way as for U.S. citizens and residents if the wages are effectively connected with the conduct of a U.S. trade or business. Under IRC section 864(b), with certain exceptions, the term "trade or business within the United States" includes the performance of personal services within the United States. Any wages paid to a nonresident alien individual for personal services performed as an employee for an employer are generally exempt from the 30% "NRA withholding" if the wages are subject to graduated withholding.

For more information on employer-employee relationships and what constitutes wages, refer to U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Employed Abroad - Employees and Wages Paid to U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Employed Abroad.

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