Stipends and other income that postdocs receive while at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory may be subject to both federal and state income taxes. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the California Institute of Technology, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration do not provide tax advice or counsel. The below references, tools, and information are provided as a convenience only and should not be considered as endorsements.
It is best to consult a tax professional during your first year to prepare you for when you need to file
your taxes. The information below is for convenience only and should not be considered professional
NPP: Some of your relocation reimbursements may be subject to taxes. ORAU will be able to tell you which ones are taxable. Your stipend may also be subject to federal and state taxes. If you're not treaty eligible, ORAU will deduct 14% from your stipend for federal taxes. PLEASE NOTE: This is the minimum deduction. You may still be liable to pay additional federal taxes. ORAU deducts this to comply with the IRS. In addition to federal taxes, you are also required to pay state taxes (even if you’re under a treaty--treaties are only for federal taxes).
Tax Information Links
- United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – http://www.irs.gov or call 1-800-829-3676
- Pub 519: U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens
- Pub 970: Scholarships/Fellowships
- Pub 901: Tax Treaties
- California Franchise Tax Board -- http://www.ftb.ca.gov or call 1-800-338-0505