Tax Treaties

A foreign national with a U.S. tax identification number* may be eligible to claim treaty benefits (complete or partial exemption from tax withholding) on certain types of income from Harvard:

To claim exemption from withholding on Employee Compensation, Honoraria, or Independent Contractor Payments:

  1. Complete the online GLACIER forms, making sure to select the correct income type (Please contact our office if you have any questions)
  2. Complete Part I, II, and III of IRS Form 8233 Exemption from Withholding on Compensation for Independent (and Certain Dependent) Personal Services of a Nonresident Alien (The form should be pre-filled by GLACIER, and will only need to be signed and dated)
  3. Submit IRS Form 8233 and attachments, the completed GLACIER forms, required immigration document copies**, and a copy of your Social Security card or ITIN letter to NRA Tax before your department issues your payment.
  4. NRA Tax will analyze each person's visa history, payment type, and specific treaty language to determine eligibility for the exemption
  5. If you are considered eligible for the treaty exemption, NRA Tax will complete Part IV of IRS Form 8233 and apply for the exemption through the IRS.

Time Limit

  1. IRS Form 8233 is only valid for one calendar year
  2. In order to renew an exemption, you must forward  to NRA Tax a new, completed IRS Form 8233 and attachments, a completed GLACIER form, and copies of current immigration documents (as listed on the Glacier Tax Summary Report) in December of the current year for the following year’s exemption.

Required Forms

  1. IRS Form 8233 and attachments
  2. GLACIER

To claim exemption from withholding on Scholarship, Fellowship, Grant, or Royalty Payments:

  1. You must be a U.S. nonresident alien
  2. Complete the online GLACIER forms, making sure to select the correct income type (Please contact our office if you have any questions)
  3. Complete IRS Form W-8BEN Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding (The form should be pre-filled by GLACIER, and will only need to be signed and dated)
  4. Submit Form W-8BEN, completed GLACIER forms, required immigration document copies**, and a copy of your Social Security Card or ITIN letter to NRA Tax before payment is made
  5. NRA Tax will review your visa history, payment type, and specific treaty language to determine eligibility for the exemption

Time Limit

  1. IRS Form W-8BEN is valid for 3 calendar years, as long as your immigration status remains unchanged

Required Forms

  1. IRS Form W-8BEN
  2. GLACIER

 

* A U.S. Social Security Number or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) is required to claim tax treaty benefits.

** Please note that the I-94 document (available online) is required and can only be accessed after arriving in the U.S. 

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