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Tax Treaty Questions

I received the tax treaty documents you sent to me.  However, I recently applied for my Social Security Number but have not yet received it.  What do I do with the tax treaty documents?

I received the instructions you sent to me to access the Foreign National Information System (FNIS) web site so I can enter my information for a tax analysis.  Do I have to enter information into all of the fields?

I am entering information in FNIS for "Step 5: Visa/Immigration History" about my previous visits to the US but cannot remember the exact date.  I can recall the year and the month, but not the exact day of the month.  What do I do?

I cannot recall the password I created to enter the FNIS website and I have not yet finished entering my information.  Can you help me?

I returned the tax treaty documents that were sent to me for my signature last week.  However, my paycheck shows that federal and state taxes were withheld from my paycheck this week.  Why were the taxes taken out of my check?

I am a F-1 or J-1 student who has been in the US for more than five years. I am a resident for tax purposes.  Can I also be a resident for tuition purposes?

 

I received the tax treaty documents you sent to me.  However, I recently applied for my Social Security Number but have not yet received it.  What do I do with the tax treaty documents

Answer:

Keep the documents until you receive you social security card. After you receive your social security card, write your Social Security Number in the places where it is needed on the documents. Then, sign and date the documents and return them to me through the campus mail system to:  Human Resources/Frederick Bucalos

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I received the instructions you sent to me to access the Foreign National Information System (FNIS) web site so I can enter my information for a tax analysis.  Do I have to enter information into all of the fields?

Answer:

The required fields are indicated in BOLD print and are the only ones that must be filled in. The other fields are not required and do not need to be answered.

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I am entering information in FNIS for "Step 5: Visa/Immigration History" about my previous visits to the US but cannot remember the exact date.  I can recall the year and the month, but not the exact day of the month.  What do I do?

Answer:

If you cannot recall the exact day of your arrival or departure date, use the first of the month for the day of your arrival or departure date. Example 1: If you recall that you arrived in the US around August 2003, then use August 1, 2003 for your arrival date. Example 2: If you recall that you departed the US around May 2004, use May 1, 2004 for your departure date.

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I cannot recall the password I created to enter the FNIS website and I have not yet finished entering my information.  Can you help me?

Answer:

Yes. For assistance with your User ID and/or Password, please send an email message to Frederick Bucalos, Tax Treaty Specialist, to say that you need assistance with your User ID and/or Password. His email address is: fbucalos@binghamton.edu

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I returned the tax treaty documents that were sent to me for my signature last week.  However, my paycheck shows that federal and state taxes were withheld from my paycheck this week.  Why were the taxes taken out of my check?

Answer:

It takes approximately one payroll cycle for the tax treaty exemption to become effective. The tax exemption is usually effective with the second paycheck received after the tax treaty exemption documents are returned to the Human Resources office. Please send an email message to Frederick Bucalos, Tax Treaty Specialist, with a request to confirm that the tax treaty documents have been received and with which paycheck the tax treaty exemption will become effective. His email address is: fbucalos@binghamton.edu

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I am a F-1 or J-1 student who has been in the US for more than five years. I am a resident for tax purposes.  Can I also be a resident for tuition purposes?

Answer:

No. Residency for tax purposes (based on federal income tax law) is different from residency for tuition purposes (established by the State University of New York). So, a F-1 student who has been in the US for more than five years may be considered a resident for tax purposes, but not for tuition purposes.

 

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