Non Resident Alien Requirements

U.S Tax Information for Nonresident Alien Consultants and Guest Speakers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. governmental tax authority, has issued strict regulations regarding the taxation and reporting of payments made to non-United States citizens. As a result, California State University, Fresno (the University) may be required to withhold U.S. income tax and file reports with the IRS in connection with payments made by the University to guest speakers who are not U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens (green card holders) and who receive compensation from services performed and/or reimbursement for travel.

Tax Status

Under U.S. tax laws, all non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent resident aliens are considered to be either "resident aliens" or "nonresident aliens" for tax purposes. The University must determine whether you will be treated as a "resident alien" or a "nonresident alien" for U.S. TAX purposes. This is NOT related to your immigration status.

GLACIER Online Tax Compliance System

To make the necessary tax decisions, the University will collect appropriate information from you via the GLACIER Online Tax Compliance System. All consultants and guest speakers will receive an email containing a password and instructions on how to access GLACIER. GLACIER is accessible via the Internet from any web-accessible computer from anywhere in the world. When you receive your password and instructions, you must enter the appropriate information into GLACIER. Once GLACIER has determined your U.S. tax status, if you are a nonresident alien, a tax equal to 30 percent is generally required to be withheld.

Tax Treaties

The U.S maintains income tax treaties with over 63 countries, and certain taxable payments made by the University to you may be exempt from U.S. tax based on an income tax treaty entered into between the U.S. and your home country. The existence of a tax treaty does not automatically ensure an exemption from taxation; rather, you must satisfy the requirements for the exemption set forth in the tax treaty. To be considered for a tax treaty exemption, you must complete the required information in GLACIER; any applicable tax treaty exemption forms can be completed and you may print the forms directly from GLACIER.


A 30 percent withholding tax will be deducted from compensation payments made to guest speakers (i) who are from countries that do not maintain an income tax treaty with the U.S., (ii) whose payments do not qualify for exemption under a tax treaty, or (iii) who do not complete GLACIER in a timely manner.

Guest speakers who do not have a social security number or taxpayer identification number will automatically have 30 percent withholding tax deducted.

If your data and tax treaty exemption forms are submitted after the University has deducted tax from a payment to you, the University cannot refund the tax to you; you must file a U.S. income tax return at year-end to apply for a refund of tax withheld from the IRS. Please note that the University is also required by law to report to the IRS all payments made to a nonresident alien.

All consultants and/or guest speakers who are not citizens or permanent resident aliens of the U.S. are required to complete tax information forms prior to receiving any payments. If you have additional questions about how to complete the required forms or need information concerning tax withholding obligations, please contact the Nonresident Alien Tax Specialist.

Non Resident Alien Tax Specialists

Vicky Vongdara

(559) 278-7985