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A NR alien don't need to pay SSN and Medicare taxes, so my question is, would I have to pay these taxes in addition to Federal and State taxes? Or is there a form that I need to submit to my employer which will let them know that they don't need to deduct these taxes from my salary?

Paying SSN and Medicare taxes for one year and then filing for tax refund doesn't make sense to me.

Please let me know if anyone has experienced such problem.

Thanks

  • What State in the US are you residing in while you have nonresident alien status? – Dilip Sarwate Feb 22 '14 at 2:33
  • California State. – John Feb 22 '14 at 3:02
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    "A NR alien don't need to pay SSN and Medicare taxes" Only an NR in certain statuses. – user102008 Feb 22 '14 at 4:16
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    "Paying SSN and Medicare taxes for one year and then filing for tax refund doesn't make sense to me." In fact, filing an income tax return does not allow you to get it back. – user102008 Feb 22 '14 at 4:18
  • To add to the above comment - not only it doesn't allow you getting it back, it doesn't allow the employer getting it back either, and employers really don't like paying stuff they don't have to. – littleadv Feb 22 '14 at 6:22
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No, you shouldn't have these taxes withheld if you're exempt. You're showing your exempt status to your employer through the W8 form you must submit before getting paid.

Not all non-residents are exempt from FICA, though. Check the SSA site for the details.

Also, CA have their own version of FICA which you will still have to pay.

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