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Is there someone who can aswer a US tax question for me. I

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Is there someone who can aswer a US tax question for me. I receive a small $ pension from American company for whomI used to work. They deduct a UC NRA amount from the pension as I do not have a US address. The cheque is mailed to Mother in the UK who forwards it to me in Turkey where I am now a full time resident...The UC NRA withholding represents approx 30% of the pension amount. I would like to know whether I can get this UC NRA refunded and if so how. Many thanks.


Hi and welcome to Just Answer!
Are you US citizen?


Assuming you are NOT an US citizen - and are a nonresident alien - the general rule is - pension income related to past employment in the US is considered income from US sources and as such is taxable in the US.
However - because you are a resident of Turkey - you should be aware of the tax treaty between the US and Turkey which overrides the general tax law - see page 20 - - ARTICLE 18 Pensions and Annuities

1. Subject to the provisions of paragraph 2 of Article 19 (Government Service), pensions and other similar remuneration paid to a resident of a Contracting State in consideration of past employment, whether paid periodically or in a lump-sum, shall be taxable only in that State.

So far - US pension should be only taxed in Turkey and should not be taxed in the US.


What you need to do - provide a signed form W8BEB to the payer and mention that paragraph of the tax treaty as an exclusion from ANY withholding.
Here is the form to print -


To claim a refund for taxes that were already withheld - you need to file a tax return as a nonresident - form 1040NR - and claim pension income as not taxable based on the tax treaty I referenced above.
Let me know if you need any help or clarification.


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