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Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 2 – Tax Rules and Procedures for Nonresident Aliens

Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 2 – Tax Rules and Procedures for Nonresident Aliens

Foreign nationals who are nonresident aliens for U.S. income tax purposes are subject to the following tax rules and procedures: 1. Taxation of U.S.-Source Income. Nonresident aliens are subject U.S. federal income tax on their U.S.-source fixed or determinable annual or periodic (FDAP) gross income and on income that is effectively connected to the conduct … Read More

Who Is a U.S. Citizen and Why It Matters: Part 5 – Documentation of U.S. or Non-U.S. Status

Who Is a U.S. Citizen and Why It Matters: Part 5 – Documentation of U.S. or Non-U.S. Status

To assist payments with the task of identifying U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, resident aliens, and U.S. entities), the IRS provides Form W-9 which, in addition to providing important information about a payee, may act as a certificate of U.S. status (unless the payer has reason to doubt the validity of the document). … Read More

Who Is a U.S. Citizen and Why It Matters: Part 4 – Loss of  U.S. Citizenship?

Who Is a U.S. Citizen and Why It Matters: Part 4 – Loss of U.S. Citizenship?

The 14th amendment also prevents U.S. citizenship from being involuntarily cancelled. Although Congress enumerated certain acts that shall lead to a loss of citizenship, the Supreme Court has held that the only way a U.S. citizen may expatriate is through his or her own voluntary and intentional actions of renunciation or abandonment. Section 349(a) of the … Read More

Who Is a U.S. Citizen and Why It Matters: Part 3 – Who Has U.S. Citizenship?

Who Is a U.S. Citizen and Why It Matters: Part 3 – Who Has U.S. Citizenship?

The 14th amendment to the Constitution of the United States confers U.S. citizenship status on individuals born or naturalized in the U.S. The Supreme Court has upheld the right of Congress to determine how citizenship is conferred to individuals not born or naturalized in the U.S. As a result, citizenship may be conferred by: 1) … Read More

IRS Makes Changes in Processing Central Withholding Agreements for Foreign Entertainers and Athletes

IRS Makes Changes in Processing Central Withholding Agreements for Foreign Entertainers and Athletes

Central Withholding Agreements (CWAs) are used by foreign athletes and entertainers who are planning a tour of the United States to arrange in advance an amount of U.S. income tax to be withheld on payments of income for events that are listed in the CWA, generally at a lower rate than would apply without a CWA. Read More

Paula Singer Releases Four Whitepapers on Nonresident Alien Taxation

Paula Singer Releases Four Whitepapers on Nonresident Alien Taxation

Nonresident alien taxation, which encompasses the special payroll withholding and reporting rules for nonresident alien employees and the withholding of tax on U.S.-source income paid to nonresident aliens and foreign entities (traditionally referred to as NRA withholding) has become a critical issue for organizations that pay foreign individuals and entities. Upcoming implementation of FATCA rules and … Read More