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Jamaica - Personal Services Income
Income that residents of Jamaica receive for the performance of personal
services as independent contractors or self-employed individuals (independent
personal services) in the United States during the tax year is exempt from U.S.
income tax if the residents:
- Are in the United States for no more than 89 days during the tax year,
- Do not have a fixed base regularly available to them in the United States for
performing their services, and �
- Earn net income for those services that is not more than $5,000 during the tax
year if the income is from a U.S. contractor.
If they have a fixed base available in the United States, they are taxed only on
the income that is attributable to the fixed base. There is no dollar limit for
condition (3) if the contractor is from a country other than the United States.
Income that residents of Jamaica receive for personal services performed in the
United States as employees (dependent personal services) is exempt from U.S.
income tax if the residents meet four requirements.
- They are in the United States for no more than 183 days during the tax year. �
- Their income is paid by or for an employer who is not a resident of the United
- Their income is not borne by a permanent establishment or a fixed base that
the employer has in the United States.
- Their net income received for the services is not more than $5,000 during the
Pay received from employment as a member of the regular complement of a ship or
an aircraft operated in international traffic by a Jamaican enterprise is exempt
from U.S. tax. If the ship or aircraft is operated by a U.S. enterprise, the pay
is subject to U.S. tax.
These exemptions do not apply to income that residents of Jamaica receive for
performing services in the United States as entertainers, such as theater,
motion picture, radio, or television artists, musicians, or athletes, if the
gross receipts (excluding reimbursements for expenses) from the services are
more than $400 a day or $5,000 for the tax year.
Directors� fees received by residents of Jamaica for services performed in the
United States as members of boards of directors of U.S. corporations are exempt
from U.S. tax if the fees (excluding reimbursed expenses) are not more than $400
per day for each day the directors are present in the United States to perform