Employees of foreign governments (including foreign municipalities) have two ways to get exemption of their governmental wages from U.S. income
- By a provision in a tax treaty or consular convention between the United States and their country, or
- By meeting the requirements of U.S. tax law.
Employees of international organizations can only exempt their wages by meeting the requirements of U.S. tax law.
The exemption discussed in this chapter applies only to pay received for services performed for a foreign government or international organization.
Other U.S. income received by persons who qualify for this exemption may be fully taxable or given favorable treatment under an applicable tax treaty
provision. The proper treatment of this kind of income (interest, dividends, etc.) is discussed, earlier, in this publication.