Payroll Taxes

The University withholds Federal and State taxes based on your marital status on the completed W-4 form.

Disclaimer: The Payroll Services team cannot offer assistance or advice related to your personal taxes, or assist with determining how much withholding to elect on the IRS or State W4 Forms. For assistance with completing the W4, please view the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator or the State’s Revenue website. For personal income tax questions, contact a professional Tax Preparer or Accountant. 

State Taxes

The University is required to withhold NJ taxes while you are working in the state. The exception to this rule is a Pennsylvania resident working within New Jersey.

Reciprocity Agreements

Pennsylvania Residents Who Work in New Jersey The Reciprocity agreement between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, allows the University to withhold PA State tax. Complete Form NJ-165 Certificate of Non-Residence in New Jersey and send it to Payroll by email, fax, or U S mail. 
Maryland and Virginia Residents Who Work in the District of Columbia Maryland and Virginia residents working in the District of Columbia can have income tax withheld for their respective states by completing a Certificate of Non-Residence in the District of Columbia and send it to Payroll by email, fax, or US mail. 

New Jersey Family Leave Insurance

As of January 1, 2023, employees contribute 0.06% of the first $156,800 earned during the calendar year. The maximum amount of FLI worker contribution for 2023 is $ 94.08. For more information, see the Division of Temporary Disability and Family Leave Insurance website for the State of New Jersey.

Change Your State Income Tax Withholding

The New Jersey W-4 can be completed on HR Self Service and TigerHub. If you are approved to work outside New Jersey, in one of the states where the University is a registered employer, contact Payroll Services for more information on completing the state W-4 form, [email protected].

States in Which Princeton University is an Employer

The list below includes the states in which Princeton University is registered as an employer. If you are approved to work in one of these states, income tax withholding and unemployment /disability tax will be withheld. 

District of Columbia
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina

Student-US Citizen and Permanent Residents

Student Employees Students actively enrolled in a degree program at the University, is exempt from Social Security and Medicare (FICA) taxes for wages earned during the academic year.  Wages earned during the eight-week summer break, is subject to Social Security and Medicare tax and will be reported to the IRS on form W-2.

Foreign National Employees

Foreign National Employees Foreign nationals on an F-1 or J-1 visa, are exempt from Social Security and Medicare taxes throughout the year.  For more information see Global Financial Services website Global Financial Services | Finance and Treasury

Report Taxable Fellowship Payments for U.S. Citizens who are Graduate Students and Postdoc Research Fellows

The University does NOT withhold tax from fellowship stipends issued to U.S. Citizens or permanent residents.  The total fellowship stipend amount received annually can be obtained from the final pay statement of the year, in the Year-to-Date (YTD) column.  For more information go to W-2 page a chart is available for your convenience.