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Free taxes 2012 2. Free taxes 2012   Withholding Tax Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Income Tax Withholding Statement. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 citizens, Withholding tax at a flat rate, and Social security and Medicare taxes. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 Income Tax Withholding U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 employers generally must withhold U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 income tax from the pay of U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 citizens working abroad unless the employer is required by foreign law to withhold foreign income tax. Free taxes 2012 Foreign earned income exclusion. Free taxes 2012   Your employer does not have to withhold U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012   Your employer should withhold taxes from any wages you earn for working in the United States. Free taxes 2012 Statement. Free taxes 2012   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. Free taxes 2012   Form 673 is an acceptable statement. Free taxes 2012 You can use Form 673 only if you are a U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 citizen. Free taxes 2012 You do not have to use the form. Free taxes 2012 You can prepare your own statement. Free taxes 2012 See a copy of Form 673, later. Free taxes 2012   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. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012   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. Free taxes 2012 Foreign tax credit. Free taxes 2012   If you plan to take a foreign tax credit, you may be eligible for additional withholding allowances on Form W-4. Free taxes 2012 You can take these additional withholding allowances only for foreign tax credits attributable to taxable salary or wage income. Free taxes 2012 Withholding from pension payments. Free taxes 2012   U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 possession, or Certify to the payer that you are not a U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 citizen or resident alien or someone who left the United States to avoid tax. Free taxes 2012 Check your withholding. Free taxes 2012   Before you report U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 Check your U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 income tax withholding even if you pay someone else to prepare your tax return. Free taxes 2012 You may be assessed penalties and interest if you claim more than your correct amount of withholding allowances. Free taxes 2012 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Free taxes 2012 Please click the link to view the image. Free taxes 2012 Form 673 30% Flat Rate Withholding Generally, U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 If you are a U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 Use Form W-9 to notify the payer. Free taxes 2012 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. 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Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 lawful permanent resident and my green card has been neither revoked nor administratively or judicially determined to have been abandoned. Free taxes 2012 I am filing a U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 income tax return for the taxable year as a resident alien reporting all of my worldwide income. Free taxes 2012 I have not claimed benefits for the taxable year under an income tax treaty as a nonresident alien. Free taxes 2012 ” 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. Free taxes 2012 General Information In general, U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 port while you are employed on it. Free taxes 2012 You are working in one of the countries with which the United States has entered into a bilateral social security agreement (discussed later). Free taxes 2012 You are working for an American employer (defined later). Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 Treasury Department. Free taxes 2012 American vessel or aircraft. Free taxes 2012   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. 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Free taxes 2012   An American employer also includes any foreign person with an employee who is performing services in connection with a contract between the U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 government (or any instrumentality thereof) and a member of a domestically controlled group of entities which includes such foreign person. Free taxes 2012 Foreign affiliate. Free taxes 2012   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. Free taxes 2012 For a corporation, the 10% interest must be in its voting stock. Free taxes 2012 For any other entity, the 10% interest must be in its profits. Free taxes 2012   Form 2032, Contract Coverage Under Title II of the Social Security Act, is used by American employers to extend social security coverage to U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 citizens and resident aliens working abroad for foreign affiliates of American employers. Free taxes 2012 Once you enter into an agreement, coverage cannot be terminated. Free taxes 2012 Excludable meals and lodging. Free taxes 2012   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. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 These agreements are commonly referred to as totalization agreements and are in effect with the following countries. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 The agreements generally make sure that you pay social security taxes to only one country. Free taxes 2012 Generally, under these agreements, you will only be subject to social security taxes in the country where you are working. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 social security. Free taxes 2012 You can get more information on any specific agreement by contacting: Social Security Administration Office of International Programs P. Free taxes 2012 O. Free taxes 2012 Box 17741 Baltimore, MD 21235-7741 If you have access to the Internet, you can get more information at: http://www. Free taxes 2012 socialsecurity. Free taxes 2012 gov/international. Free taxes 2012 Covered by U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 only. Free taxes 2012   If your pay in a foreign country is subject only to U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 Covered by foreign country only. Free taxes 2012   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. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012   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. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 Social Security Administration, Office of International Programs, at the address listed earlier. Free taxes 2012 The statement should indicate that your wages are not covered by the U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 social security system. Free taxes 2012   This statement should be kept by your employer because it establishes that your pay is exempt from U. Free taxes 2012 S. Free taxes 2012 social security tax. Free taxes 2012   Only wages paid on or after the effective date of the totalization agreement can be exempt from U. Free taxes 2012 S. 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