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Resident Alien

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A resident alien, for tax purposes, is a foreign national who meets either the green card test or the substantial presence test. A resident alien is paid and taxed in the same way as a citizen of the United States.

General Tax Information

If you are a resident alien for tax purposes:

    • When you work at NC State University, depending on your visa status, tax status, and what you are doing, you may pay:
      • federal income tax
      • state income tax
      • social security tax (FICA)
      • Medicare tax
      • You may choose (elect) to be treated as a resident alien for tax purposes while in a nonresident alien tax status if you are married either to a United States citizen, or to a foreign national who is a resident alien for tax purposes.
        • If you do choose to be treated as a resident alien for tax purposes, then you must meet with the foreign national tax specialist and sign a statement affirming your choice (election) of resident alien tax status.


    Last Edited: December 3rd, 2010