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Payroll Tax for Non-Resident F-1 & J-1 VISA Holders

Duration : 90 Minutes

This course, has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).

Debbie Cash,

I have my Certified Payroll Professional from the American Payroll Association.  I have 30+ years experience in the Payroll/Tax Profession.  I am currently a Supervisor of TLM Implementation at G&A Partners.  Prior to that I was the Time& Labor Manager at Employer Advantage Read more

Payroll Taxes for Non-Resident Aliens is different than taxes for US Citizens.  Many countries have tax treaties with the United States which allows Non-Resident aliens an exemption from either all or part of Federal tax withholdings.  Different types of VISA Holders get certain exemptions from Federal Tax and FICA/Medicare tax.  

An F-1 VISA is specifically for Full-time Students who come to the US to study at an accredited college or university.  These students can also apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) in their major field of study which allows them to remain in the US for an extended period of time after they have completed their studies.  A J-1 VISA is similar to an F-1 VISA but is for Teachers and Researchers in a specific field of study for a specific amount of time.

The F-1 & J-1 VISA holders are both exempt from FICA/Medicare tax if they become employed for personal services while in the US.  They may also be exempt from Federal Tax withholding if their country has a Tax Treaty with the US.  Some treaties exempt all wages from tax and others have specific dollar limits that can be earned before they are subject to taxes.

This webinar will go over what Employers need to know on how to treat these employees for payroll tax purposes.  What forms they need to complete to receive a tax treaty exemption and the specific forms that must be filed at Year-End.  Also what to do if there is not a tax treaty in their country.

Why Should You Attend:

Most employers aren’t familiar with the specific laws that pertain to Non-Resident Aliens who enter the US on an F-1 or J-1 VISA.  There are many different VISA types and different ones have different tax implications.  These 2 specific types are exempt from required payroll taxes that all other employees are subject to having withheld.  This can create issues when the wrong taxes are withheld on these employees.

More and more people are traveling abroad to study and teach in the US.  Employers need to be aware to watch for different VISA types and know how to treat employees who may apply to work at their company.  These workers being new in our country aren’t aware of what is required of them or what exemptions they have.  They rely on the Employer to know what to do.  

Tax treaties are also beneficial not only to the Employee but also to the Employer.  There are specific Employer taxes that are also waived or exempt for these employees.  This can be savings to the Employer as well when the correct forms are completed, and correct tax treatment of these workers is done properly.

Course Outline:

• Basic understanding of these 2 types of VISA’s and differences in these types of VISA’s

• Guidance on what taxes they are exempt from and what to withhold.

• What forms should be completed by the employee and the employer.

• Guidance for you as an Employer on tax treaties and treatment of these employees.

• How to file forms at the end of the tax year.

• Timelines to send in tax forms 

• Helpful websites to access the information needed for tax treaties.

• Correct forms to file for tax treaty exemptions

What You Get:

• Training Materials

• Live Q&A Session with our Expert

• Participation Certificate

• Access to Signup Community (Optional)

• Reward Points

Who Will Benefit:

• Payroll Professionals

• Hiring officers/Recruitment/HR Professionals

• Compensation and Benefits Executive

• Taxation Professionals

• Finance Professionals

• Accounting Personnel

• Business Owners

• Attorneys

Please reach us at 1-888-844-8963 for any further assistance or if you wish to register


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Subject : Payroll Tax for Non-Resident F-1 & J-1 VISA Holders

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