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What is the difference between forms W-2 and 1042-S?

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The IRS form W-2 is used to report annual taxable federal and state wages. Treaties for non-resident aliens (NRA) may exempt the employee from federal taxes but not from Maryland state taxes so a W-2 is used for annual state income tax filing. If you are a NRA and are exempt from federal taxes, then you will receive a form 1042-S. Both forms are used to complete the annual 1040NR. For additional information- click here for IRS Publication 519- U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens (2001). more
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The IRS form W-2 is used to report annual taxable federal and state wages. Treaties for non-resident aliens (NRA) may exempt the employee from federal taxes but not from Maryland state taxes so a W-2 is used for annual state income tax filing.If you are a NRA and are exempt from federal taxes, then you will receive a form 1042-S. Both forms are used to complete the annual 1040NR. For additional information- click here for IRS Publication 519- U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens (2001). more
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