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kmb1kennedy
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How do I specify that I am working as an employee of a non-US company in Singapore (no US social security treaty) and I am not subject to SS /FICA taxes?

 
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DoninGA
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How do I specify that I am working as an employee of a non-US company in Singapore (no US social security treaty) and I am not subject to SS /FICA taxes?

If you are a US citizen and are working outside of the US with a net profit from self-employment then you are responsible for paying Self Employment taxes on that income unless you have completed and filed a Certificate of Coverage for a country that has a Totalization Agreement with the US.  

Singapore does not have a Totalization Agreement with the US.

Addendum - 

If you are a US citizen and working outside of the US for a foreign employer, then you enter your income on Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income.  Using TurboTax -

To enter Foreign Earned Income -

  • Click on Federal Taxes (Personal using Home and Business)
  • Click on Wages and Income (Personal Income using Home and Business)
  • Click on I'll choose what I work on (if shown)
  • Scroll down to Less Common Income
  • On Foreign Earned Income and Exclusion, click on the start or update button

Or enter foreign income in the Search/Find box located in the upper right of the program screen.  Click on Jump to foreign income

For 2017, the maximum exclusion is $102,100 per taxpayer, $103,900 for 2018.

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DoninGA
Level 15

How do I specify that I am working as an employee of a non-US company in Singapore (no US social security treaty) and I am not subject to SS /FICA taxes?

If you are a US citizen and are working outside of the US with a net profit from self-employment then you are responsible for paying Self Employment taxes on that income unless you have completed and filed a Certificate of Coverage for a country that has a Totalization Agreement with the US.  

Singapore does not have a Totalization Agreement with the US.

Addendum - 

If you are a US citizen and working outside of the US for a foreign employer, then you enter your income on Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income.  Using TurboTax -

To enter Foreign Earned Income -

  • Click on Federal Taxes (Personal using Home and Business)
  • Click on Wages and Income (Personal Income using Home and Business)
  • Click on I'll choose what I work on (if shown)
  • Scroll down to Less Common Income
  • On Foreign Earned Income and Exclusion, click on the start or update button

Or enter foreign income in the Search/Find box located in the upper right of the program screen.  Click on Jump to foreign income

For 2017, the maximum exclusion is $102,100 per taxpayer, $103,900 for 2018.

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TaxGuyBill
Level 9

How do I specify that I am working as an employee of a non-US company in Singapore (no US social security treaty) and I am not subject to SS /FICA taxes?

The OP's post says they are an employee.  Foreign wages are entered somewhere else (I think there is a check box somewhere near the W-2 section).
DoninGA
Level 15

How do I specify that I am working as an employee of a non-US company in Singapore (no US social security treaty) and I am not subject to SS /FICA taxes?

Edited answer for being an employee of a foreign employer...
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