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E file 2011 2. E file 2011   Withholding Tax Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Income Tax Withholding Statement. E file 2011 30% Flat Rate Withholding Social Security and Medicare TaxesGeneral Information Bilateral Social Security (Totalization) Agreements Topics - This chapter discusses: Withholding income tax from the pay of U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 citizens, Withholding tax at a flat rate, and Social security and Medicare taxes. E file 2011 Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 505 Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax Form (and Instructions) 673 Statement For Claiming Exemption From Withholding on Foreign Earned Income Eligible for the Exclusion Provided by Section 911 W-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification See chapter 7 for information about getting this publication and these forms. E file 2011 Income Tax Withholding U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 employers generally must withhold U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 income tax from the pay of U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 citizens working abroad unless the employer is required by foreign law to withhold foreign income tax. E file 2011 Foreign earned income exclusion. E file 2011   Your employer does not have to withhold U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 income taxes from wages you earn abroad if it is reasonable to believe that you will exclude them from income under the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion. E file 2011   Your employer should withhold taxes from any wages you earn for working in the United States. E file 2011 Statement. E file 2011   You can give a statement to your employer indicating that you expect to qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion under either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test and indicating your estimated housing cost exclusion. E file 2011   Form 673 is an acceptable statement. E file 2011 You can use Form 673 only if you are a U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 citizen. E file 2011 You do not have to use the form. E file 2011 You can prepare your own statement. E file 2011 See a copy of Form 673, later. E file 2011   Generally, your employer can stop the withholding once you submit the statement that includes a declaration that the statement is made under penalties of perjury. E file 2011 However, if your employer has reason to believe that you will not qualify for either the foreign earned income or the foreign housing exclusion, your employer must continue to withhold. E file 2011   In determining whether your foreign earned income is more than the limit on either the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion, if your employer has any information about pay you received from any other source outside the United States, your employer must take that information into account. E file 2011 Foreign tax credit. E file 2011   If you plan to take a foreign tax credit, you may be eligible for additional withholding allowances on Form W-4. E file 2011 You can take these additional withholding allowances only for foreign tax credits attributable to taxable salary or wage income. E file 2011 Withholding from pension payments. E file 2011   U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 payers of benefits from employer-deferred compensation plans, individual retirement plans, and commercial annuities generally must withhold income tax from payments delivered outside of the United States. E file 2011 You can choose exemption from withholding if you: Provide the payer of the benefits with a residence address in the United States or a U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 possession, or Certify to the payer that you are not a U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 citizen or resident alien or someone who left the United States to avoid tax. E file 2011 Check your withholding. E file 2011   Before you report U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 income tax withholding on your tax return, you should carefully review all information documents, such as Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and the Form 1099 information returns. E file 2011 Compare other records, such as final pay records or bank statements, with Form W-2 or Form 1099 to verify the withholding on these forms. E file 2011 Check your U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 income tax withholding even if you pay someone else to prepare your tax return. E file 2011 You may be assessed penalties and interest if you claim more than your correct amount of withholding allowances. E file 2011 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. E file 2011 Please click the link to view the image. E file 2011 Form 673 30% Flat Rate Withholding Generally, U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 payers of income other than wages, such as dividends and royalties, are required to withhold tax at a flat 30% (or lower treaty) rate on nonwage income paid to nonresident aliens. E file 2011 If you are a U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 citizen or resident alien and this tax is withheld in error from payments to you because you have a foreign address, you should notify the payer of the income to stop the withholding. E file 2011 Use Form W-9 to notify the payer. E file 2011 You can claim the tax withheld in error as a withholding credit on your tax return if the amount is not adjusted by the payer. E file 2011 Social security benefits paid to residents. E file 2011   If you are a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) and a flat 30% tax was withheld in error on your social security benefits, the tax is refundable by the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the IRS. E file 2011 The SSA will refund the tax withheld if the refund can be processed during the same calendar year in which the tax was withheld. E file 2011 If the SSA cannot refund the tax withheld, you must file a Form 1040 or 1040A with the Internal Revenue Service Center at the address listed under Where To File to determine if you are entitled to a refund. E file 2011 The following information must be submitted with your Form 1040 or Form 1040A. E file 2011 A copy of Form SSA-1042S, Social Security Benefit Statement. E file 2011 A copy of your “green card. E file 2011 ” A signed declaration that includes the following statements. E file 2011   “I am a U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 lawful permanent resident and my green card has been neither revoked nor administratively or judicially determined to have been abandoned. E file 2011 I am filing a U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 income tax return for the taxable year as a resident alien reporting all of my worldwide income. E file 2011 I have not claimed benefits for the taxable year under an income tax treaty as a nonresident alien. E file 2011 ” Social Security and Medicare Taxes Social security and Medicare taxes may apply to wages paid to an employee regardless of where the services are performed. E file 2011 General Information In general, U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 social security and Medicare taxes do not apply to wages for services you perform as an employee outside the United States unless one of the following exceptions applies. E file 2011 You perform the services on or in connection with an American vessel or aircraft (defined later) and either: You entered into your employment contract within the United States, or The vessel or aircraft touches at a U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 port while you are employed on it. E file 2011 You are working in one of the countries with which the United States has entered into a bilateral social security agreement (discussed later). E file 2011 You are working for an American employer (defined later). E file 2011 You are working for a foreign affiliate (defined later) of an American employer under a voluntary agreement entered into between the American employer and the U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 Treasury Department. E file 2011 American vessel or aircraft. E file 2011   An American vessel is any vessel documented or numbered under the laws of the United States and any other vessel whose crew is employed solely by one or more U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 citizens, residents, or corporations. E file 2011 An American aircraft is an aircraft registered under the laws of the United States. E file 2011 American employer. E file 2011   An American employer includes any of the following. E file 2011 The U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 Government or any of its instrumentalities. E file 2011 An individual who is a resident of the United States. E file 2011 A partnership of which at least two-thirds of the partners are U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 residents. E file 2011 A trust of which all the trustees are U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 residents. E file 2011 A corporation organized under the laws of the United States, any U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 state, or the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 Virgin Islands, Guam, or American Samoa. E file 2011   An American employer also includes any foreign person with an employee who is performing services in connection with a contract between the U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 government (or any instrumentality thereof) and a member of a domestically controlled group of entities which includes such foreign person. E file 2011 Foreign affiliate. E file 2011   A foreign affiliate of an American employer is any foreign entity in which the American employer has at least a 10% interest, directly or through one or more entities. E file 2011 For a corporation, the 10% interest must be in its voting stock. E file 2011 For any other entity, the 10% interest must be in its profits. E file 2011   Form 2032, Contract Coverage Under Title II of the Social Security Act, is used by American employers to extend social security coverage to U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 citizens and resident aliens working abroad for foreign affiliates of American employers. E file 2011 Once you enter into an agreement, coverage cannot be terminated. E file 2011 Excludable meals and lodging. E file 2011   Social security tax does not apply to the value of meals and lodging provided to you for the convenience of your employer if it is reasonable to believe that you will be able to exclude the value from your income. E file 2011 Bilateral Social Security (Totalization) Agreements The United States has entered into agreements with some foreign countries to coordinate social security coverage and taxation of workers who are employed in those countries. E file 2011 These agreements are commonly referred to as totalization agreements and are in effect with the following countries. E file 2011 Australia Greece Norway Austria Ireland Poland Belgium Italy Portugal Canada Japan Spain Chile Korea, Sweden Czech South Switzerland Republic Luxembourg United Denmark Netherlands Kingdom Finland     France     Germany           Under these agreements, dual coverage and dual contributions (taxes) for the same work are eliminated. E file 2011 The agreements generally make sure that you pay social security taxes to only one country. E file 2011 Generally, under these agreements, you will only be subject to social security taxes in the country where you are working. E file 2011 However, if you are temporarily sent to work in a foreign country and your pay would otherwise be subject to social security taxes in both the United States and that country, you generally can remain covered only by U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 social security. E file 2011 You can get more information on any specific agreement by contacting: Social Security Administration Office of International Programs P. E file 2011 O. E file 2011 Box 17741 Baltimore, MD 21235-7741 If you have access to the Internet, you can get more information at: http://www. E file 2011 socialsecurity. E file 2011 gov/international. E file 2011 Covered by U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 only. E file 2011   If your pay in a foreign country is subject only to U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 social security tax and is exempt from foreign social security tax, your employer should get a certificate of coverage from the Office of International Programs. E file 2011 Covered by foreign country only. E file 2011   If you are permanently working in a foreign country with which the United States has a social security agreement and, under the agreement, your pay is exempt from U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 social security tax, you or your employer should get a statement from the authorized official or agency of the foreign country verifying that your pay is subject to social security coverage in that country. E file 2011   If the authorities of the foreign country will not issue such a statement, either you or your employer should get a statement from the U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 Social Security Administration, Office of International Programs, at the address listed earlier. E file 2011 The statement should indicate that your wages are not covered by the U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 social security system. E file 2011   This statement should be kept by your employer because it establishes that your pay is exempt from U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 social security tax. E file 2011   Only wages paid on or after the effective date of the totalization agreement can be exempt from U. E file 2011 S. E file 2011 social security tax. 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