Are teachers sponsored on a J-1 exchange visitor visa tax-exempt?


All J-1 visaholders are exempt from Social Security and Medicare taxes for at least the first year and first semester of the second year.
Download p. 25 of IRS Publication 515 verifying that J-1 visaholders are exempt from Social Security and Medicare taxes.
TAX Treaties

IRS TAX EXEMPTION / REFUND FORMS:  8233     8833     8843      8316

TAX instructions for UK Teachers:  If you see a pop-up window asking for a password, simply click on CANCEL.Additional tax-exemption information is offered at the CHF fall orientation sessions for new J-1 exchange teachers.  CHF does not guarantee tax advice, only directs educators toward publications and forms that may be helpful.