How to File Your Taxes as a J1 Work&Travel Student?
U.S. law requires that you pay federal, state, and local taxes. Generally, your employer will deduct money from your paycheck every pay period. As an income-earning individual, you will be taxed on income from salaries, wages, and tips. Your employer will submit the amount withheld directly to the federal government. Deductions for state and local taxes will vary. Some states do not have a personal income tax; others may tax income as much as 8%. Similarly, local taxes will vary but will be significantly less. If no taxes are withheld from your pay, please contact InterExchange.
You do pay:
Federal income tax
State income tax
Local or city income tax
You do not pay:
Social Security (S.S.)
Medicare tax (FICA)
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
If you see deductions that say FICA, FUTA, S.S. or Social Security, please notify your employer promptly. If your employer is unable to issue a refund, contact the Internal Revenue Service Center and request IRS Form 843 Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement. You will need to submit the completed IRS forms to the Internal Revenue Service Center. Please note: some states may deduct state unemployment taxes, which you are required to pay.
New Tax Information
Starting January 1, 2018 (until 2026) the personal exemption has been suspended. In the past, students may have received refunds from the federal government. Due to the change (IRS Publication 515) you will not receive any federal refunds if you have earned less than $9,525. State taxes are not affected by this act, and are dependent on the state you worked in. You may still be eligible for a State refund regardless of the amount you earned.
How to Apply for Tax Return?
You do not need to use an agency or business to file those taxes – you can do it by yourself! All you need to do is complete and mail a 1040NR/1040NR-EZ form. There is no fee. For details, visit https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-1040-nr-ez .If you still need help you can use Sprintax to prepare your tax return. It is a self-preparation tax software that allows J-1 visa holders to easily prepare a fully compliant tax return. When you create your account you'll be asked to enter some relevant information into the software. You can then download your fully completed and complaint 1040NR (non-resident tax return).