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I am postdoc in Boston (USA) doing research for the benefit of the public, and I'm from Germany.

I receive a normal salary from my university in Boston (not a stipend).

I'm on a J1 visa since July 2018.

Now for the tax report I need to decide if I want to use the German-US tax treaty.

If I use it, I will get the federal income tax back, as the online tax reporting tool (Windstar) tells me: https://trr.thomsonreuters.com/

Tax in Germany is generally higher for my case than US tax. But do I have to pay taxes at all if I use the tax treaty? Or do I have to pay later when I am back in Germany?

I don't know how long I will be here, but probably altogether around 3-5 years.

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    I found the treaty and a summary but I haven't figured it out. Hope someone can find the answer! – krubo Apr 7 at 21:05
  • @krubo: Thank you very much for having tried to look into this, greatly appreciate it. – Jadzia Apr 8 at 18:55
  • IIRC from when my French wife was on J-1 in the USA, the first 1 (or 2?) years you don't need to pay (federal) tax at all, but I don't know the specifics. – gerrit Apr 10 at 11:25

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