General Non-Resident Alien Tax Information

The United States Tax Structure is based on a graduated income tax system. The percentage taken out of a Tufts employee’s paycheck will vary depending on how much and how often you get paid (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc.) For more detailed information, please refer to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Publication 519 – U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens.

There are three types of tax deductions. They are:

  1. FICA (Federal Insurance Contribution Act). The FICA taxes go towards pension benefits such as Social Security and Medicare, the employer is required to pay a matching amount;
  2. Federal Government Income Taxes; and
  3. Massachusetts State Income Taxes.

Some students and scholars may be exempt from paying FICA taxes. There are also tax treaties between the U.S. and certain countries which may apply to some international students and scholars. We strongly urge you to read Publication 519 mentioned above as well as IRS Publication 901 for tax treaty information.

You can also contact Mr. Paul Paoletti at 617-628-5000, Ext. 72593 to assist you in determining your tax status at Fletcher.