Your essential guide to the new W-4 form

The importance of correctly filling out US tax forms can often be disregarded as the process can be, let’s face it, quite boring!

However, the importance of these forms cannot be underestimated, as it is absolutely crucial for any nonresident to abide by the strict tax laws in The States.

In fact, the way that you handle your US tax affairs can play a big part in whether your future visa or Green Card applications succeed or not.

In this blog we’ll lay out some of the key information you need to know before filling out the W-4 form.

What is the W-4 form and why is it so important to fill out properly?

The W-4 form is an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax form that is filled out by employees in order for their employer to get a better understanding of their tax affairs.

You will see seven lines on the form, and all seven must be filled out before sending it off.

As someone who is working in the US as a nonresident, you’re going to have a new W-4 to fill out, and essentially we are here to break it down for you in simple terms.

It is hugely important as if it is not done correctly, you may end up not paying enough taxes and will be struck with a large balancing payment at the end of the year.

On the form itself, you will be asked to fill out some personal details including your name, US address, TIN (Tax Identification Number) and marital status.

While there are a set of instructions on the form itself, they are tricky to understand for some nonresidents.

The good news is, the new W-4 is relatively easier to fill out in comparison to the older version, with more straightforward information required for you to fill out.

You will need to fill out the form specifically based on your own personal circumstances.

You should complete Step 1 in full. On line (c), check only “single or married filing separately” marital status, regardless of your marital status.

In the blank space under Step 4 (c) enter “NRA”.

For Step 5, fill out dates, employer’s details and sign in the relevant spaces and leave the rest of the form blank.

Always be sure to double check the form to make sure all the information you have filled in is correct.

Other important information about the W-4 form

Due to a special tax treaty between the Indian and US governments, if you are an Indian resident then you are entitled to some additional deductions and credits that are not available to pretty much any other country.

Canada, Mexico and South Korean citizens cannot claim the same standard deductions as India apprentices, but they can still claim child tax credit or credit for other dependents. If they do not apply for those, the form is the same as for all other nonresidents.

US tax can be extremely confusing and frustrating to comprehend. Especially for nonresidents!

With that in mind, if you’re an International Student or J-1 participant in the US, or you work in a University International Student Office, you should subscribe to the Sprintax blog!

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Stacy
Hey I'm Stacy! I'm dealing with US taxes and can't wait to help you prepare your tax return! I've been working with taxes for like forever, so you can totally trust my expertise. Sprintax can make things much easier for you. Check out my blog posts and feel free to ask me any questions.

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