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I'm classified as a non-resident alien because I don't pass the Green Card Test or the Substantial Presence Test. My income is, according to this, not U.S. based, even though I get money from an U.S. employer, because the services are performed in another country.

What tax withholding exemption form should my employer have?

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You're not subject to the US tax laws, and since the income is not US-sourced, it is not subject to withholding. Your employer doesn't need any form, but if they insist - you can provide them a W8-BEN to certify your non-resident status.

Keep in mind that if you do come to the US, the money you earn while in the US is US-sourced and subject to the US taxes and withholding, even if you're non-resident.

  • Alright, thanks for all the help (here and previously). If I can trouble you (hopefully) one last time, is there anything that prevents me from using my American debit card abroad with the funds of my employment? – Henrique P. Jul 14 '15 at 21:47
  • (Of course I'll pay local income taxes) – Henrique P. Jul 14 '15 at 22:09
  • Nothing in the US law. Check with your local law, some countries don't allow these things because it's an easy way to evade taxes. – littleadv Jul 14 '15 at 22:25

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