Non-Resident Alien Instructions for Completing Form W-4
April 1, 2016
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires non-resident aliens to complete the Form W-4 in the following manner:
Lines 1, 2 and 4: Complete per Form W-4 Instructions;
Line 3: Claim “single” status, regardless of actual marital status;
Line 5: Claim only “one” allowance [Note: a non-resident alien who is a resident of Canada, Mexico, or South Korea may claim more than one allowance];
Line 6: Write “Non-resident alien” or “NRA” on the dotted line (at your option, you may request an additional withholding amount); and
Line 7: Leave blank: a non-resident alien cannot claim exemption on this form.
The form must be signed and dated.
If you have any questions about your classification as a non-resident alien for tax purposes, please contact the University Tax Department at (203) 432-5530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.