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Form W-4/MW 507 Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate

  • Towson University uses a modified Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate that combines the federal Form W-4 and the state of Maryland Form MW 507 on one document.

  • The NRA Tax Office reviews and approves all Forms W-4/MW 507 for new hires who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens to ensure proper dependent compensation tax withholding.  

  • A Nonresident Alien for tax purposes will be required to complete Form W-4/MW 507 for Federal tax in the following manner:.

Line Number Required Status Comments
Line 3
Marital Status
Regardless of actual marital status
Line 5 – Withholding Allowances
Regardless of actual number of dependents

In certain cases, individuals from Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands and students from India may be eligible for additional withholding allowances.
Line 6 – Additional Amount

Write Nonresident Alien
under Federal on Line 6 on Form

Per bi-weekly pay period

The IRS specifies an additional "non-cash" withholding amount to be added to the total wages by pay cycle frequency. The additional tax-withholding amount per bi-weekly pay period offsets the standard deduction, which NRAs are generally not eligible to claim. See IRS Publication 519 U. S. Tax Guide for Aliens.
Line 7 - NRAs are NOT permitted to claim “EXEMPT” for Federal tax withholding.
  • When an NRA’s tax residency changes to Resident Alien, the NRA Tax Office will notify that individual of the opportunity to prepare a new Form W-4/MW 507.

  • There is no mandatory State of Maryland withholding requirement for NRAs; rather the full-time student exemption rules should be followed.


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