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Types of tax exemptions

Being tax exempt means that an employee or employer is not required by law to contribute to a specific tax. When you add a tax exemption in Gusto for an employee or employer, we will not debit for this tax or report it on your filings.

  • Employer Tax Status: Under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, the IRS establishes that qualified non-profits (i.e. charitable, religious, and political organizations), are exempt from Federal Unemployment Insurance Tax (FUTA). Occasionally some employees may also be exempt from other employment taxes.
  • Employee Tax Status: Special exemptions may apply for Social Security, Medicare, and Unemployment Insurance for certain types of visas (most commonly the J-1 and F-1 visa).

We highly recommend that you consult with a CPA or other tax professional to confirm if you or your employee is tax exempt before making any changes to your Gusto account.

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