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Old 02-17-2009, 07:19 PM
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I'm a Canadian citizen living in the United States on a J1 scholar visa, I'm a little confused about the tax laws and I was hoping that perhaps someone could help me out. First of all, I do not currently meet the requirements of the substantial presence test, so I believe I am considered a non-resident alien. I'm not sure what this means about my tax obligations though. I was under the impression that in this case I was not subject to FICA (social security?) tax withholding, is that correct? Also I am also under the impression that as a J1 scholar, I continue to be treated as a non-resident alien for the first two (five?) years of residence in the United States. Can anyone help me out?

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