Honorarium, Royalty, Prize, or Other Payment

The following are subject to a 30% tax withholding rate in the absence of tax treaty benefits:

  • Honoraria, or payments made at the discretion of the University as compensation for professional services, including guest lectures. If honoraria and other performance-related payments from the University exceed $5000 per year, in the aggregate, the marginal earnings would also be subject to Massachusetts State tax of around 5.5%.
  • Independent contractor/consultant payments issued when Harvard is charged for the service.
  • Royalty payments (always considered U.S-source).
  • Prizes or Awards, issued in recognition of a past accomplishment (not to be confused with a fellowship or grant for current or future research).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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