W-4 Instructions

W-4 Form Instructions for Non-Resident Aliens

  1. Boxes 1, 2, and 4: Complete per Form W-4 instructions
    • Box 1: First Name and Middle initial, Last Name, and Home Address
    • Box 2: Social Security Number
    • Box 4: Only Check this box if your last name does not match the name on your
      social security card.
  2. Box 3: Claim “single”, regardless of actual marital status
  3. Line 5: Claim only “one” allowance [Note: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not allow Non-Resident Aliens to claim any more than one allowance]
  4. Line 6: Write “NRA” on the dotted line (if you would like you can request to have an additional amount withheld from your pay)
  5. Line 7: Leave this box blank, a nonresident alien cannot claim an exemption on this form, if there is a treaty between your country of citizenship and the US then please apply with the payroll office to tax treaty exemption
  6. Sign and date the form.

To view the IRS instructions on how to fill out the W-4 please visit

If you have any questions about your classification as a nonresident alien, please contact the Payroll Office at (617) 353- 2270.