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  • Her J-1 katılımcısının ABD vergileri hakkında bilmesi gereken 5 şey

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    • Başkan Trump’ın ‘Vergi Kesintileri ve İş Kanunu’ J-1 vize sahipleri için ne anlama gelmekte.
    • J-1 yükümlülük ve haklarını anlamak.
    • Sprintax – J-1 vergi iadesine başvuru yapmak için en kolay yol.

    Başkan Trump 2017 Kasım ayında ‘ Vergi Kesintileri ve İş Kanunu ‘ yasasını açıkladığında birçok J-1 vize sahibi ve uluslararası öğrenci ABD’yi kafası karışık bir şekilde terketti.

    ‘Bu beni nasıl etkileyecek ?’ ‘Vergi iadesi başvurusunda bulunmam gerekli mi?’ ‘Hala vergi iadesi alabilir miyim?

    Bir çok soru cevapsız kalmıştı.

    Bugün bu soruları cevaplamak için buradayız! Eğer bir J-1 seyahatiyle ABD’ye gidecekseniz bu rehberi takip edin, bu şekilde almaya hakkınız olan vergi iadelerini alırken ABD vergi dairesi IRS’i mutlu tutmayı başarabileceksiniz.

    Pekala, daha fazla uzatmadan işte her J-1 katılımcısının ABD vergisi hakkında bilmesi gereken 5 şey.

    Zamanınız kısıtlı mı ? Bunun yerne hazırladığımız videoya bir göz atın!

    (1) Evet, vergi iadesine başvurmak zorundasınız!

    Her bir ABD J-1 vize sahibi vergi yılı sonunda vergi iadesi için başvuruda bulunmak zorunda. Yasa bu şekilde!

    Başkan Trump’ın yasasından önce J-1 sahiplerinin vergi iade başvurusu yapmasını gerektirmeyen bazı durumlar vardı.

    Ancak artık durum böyle değil ve J-1 vizesinin şartlarından biride vize sahibinin vergi beyannamesi vermesidir.

     

    Başvuruda bulunmak

    Başvuruda bulunmanın birkaç farklı yolu bulunmakta.

    Yeni başlayanlar, başvurunuzu direkt olarak IRS ile gerçekleştirebilirsiniz.

    Ancak, birçok J-1 öğrencisi için vergi beyannamesi doldurmak son derece kafa karıştırıcı, karmaşık ve açıkça sıkıcı bir iştir!

    ABD vergi beyannamenizi hazırlamanın en hızlı, en kolay ve en iyi yolu Sprintax’ı seçmektir. Bu konuda daha fazlası aşağıda!

     

    Başvuruda bulunmamak

    J-1 programınızdan sonra vergi beyannamesi vermezseniz, cezalara ve faizlere tabi olabilirsiniz.

    Geç dosyalama cezası, geri dönüşünüzün geç kaldığı her ay için ödenen ek vergi borcunun% 5’i kadardır (en fazla% 25’e kadar). Son ödeme tarihinden 60 günden fazla bir süre sonra başvuru yaparsanız, asgari ceza 205$ veya ödenmemiş verginizin % 100’ü kadardır,  hangisi daha düşükse.

    Vergi yükümlülüklerinize uymamanız, gelecekte ABD vizesinin reddedilmesine de neden olabilir.

     

    Vergi ikamet durumu nedir ?

    Sağlıklı bir vergi iadesi başvurusunda bulunmak için ikamet durumunuzu belirlemek çok önemlidir.

    J-1 vize sahiplerinin çoğunluğu, IRS tarafından vergi amaçlı ikamet etmeyen yabancılar olarak kabul edilir.

    Vergi beyannamenizi Sprintax ile hazırladığınızda, yazılımımız verdiğiniz bilgilere dayanarak ikamet durumunuzu belirleyecektir.

    Vergi beyannamenizi Sprintax ile hazırlayın

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    (2) Trump’ın yaptığı değişiklikler öğrenciler için ne anlama gelmekte

    ‘Vergi Kesintileri ve İşler Yasası’nın tüm ABD vergi mükellefleri için etkileri mevcut – ancak özellikle ABD’de eğitim, staj yapmak veya WaT için bulunanlar için daha geniş kapsamlı etkileri vardır.

    Bu değişikliklerin çoğu Ocak 2018’de yürülüğe girdiğinden, ikamet etmeyen kişilerin ABD vergi yükümlülüklerini ve haklarını anlamaları çok önemlidir.

    İkamet etmeyen kişileri etkileyen en büyük değişim ‘kişisel muafiyet’ konusundadır.

    Yasa değişikliğinden önce ABD’de ikamet etmeden çalışan her bir birey $4,050lık bir kişisel muafiyete sahipti. Bir başka değişle 2017 tılında J1 vizesiyle ABD’de öalıyor olsaydınız $4,050 a kadar vergi ödemeden gelir elde edebilirdiniz.

    Bununla birlikte, 1 Ocak 2018 itibariyle (ve 2025 yılına kadar) kişisel muafiyet 4.050 Dolardan 0 Dolara düşürülmüştür. Kişisel muafiyetin kaldırılması, ikamet etmeyen herkes için vergilendirilebilir toplam gelirin arttığı anlamına gelir.

    Unutmamakta fayda var, bu değişiklikler 2017 ve öncesi yıllara etki etmemekte. Yani eğer 2017 yılında J1 vizesiyle ABD’de çalıştıysanız hala kişisel muafiyet yasasından yaralanabilirsiniz.

    Vergi beyannamenizi Sprintax ile hazırlayın

     

    (3) Hala vergi iadesi alma hakkınız olabilir

    Kişisel muafiyetin kaldırılması, ikamet etmeyen kişilerin çoğu için Federal vergi iadelerinin azaltılacağı anlamına geliyor.

    2018 vergi yılından itibaren, ikamet etmeyen bir kişinin Federal vergi iadesi almaya hak kazanmasının tek nedeni, gelirlerinden çok fazla vergi kesilmesidir.

    Yinede, Federal vergi iadesi almaya hakkınız olmasa bile Eyalet vergi iadesi alma şansınız bir hayli yüksek.

    Ortalama Eyalet vergilerimiz $175

    Ancak unutmayın; Eyalet vergi iadenizi alabilmek için beyannamede bulunmalısınız. Eyalet vergi beyannamesinde bulunabilmek için öncesinde Federal vergi beyannamesini yapmış olmak zorundasınız !

    Son olarak? Yasal olarak vergi beyannamesinde bulunmanız gerekli. Eyalet vergilerinizi alabilmek için harika bir fırsatınız var. O halde başvurunuzu yapın ve paranızı alın!

    Sprintax ile geri ödemenizi burada talep edin!

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    (4) Ne kadar vergi ödeyeceksiniz?

    2018 yılının başından itibaren tüm ikamet etmeyen kişiler elde ettikleri ilk 9,525$ a kadar %10 gelir vergisi ödemeli. Eğer bu rakamdan fazla bir gelir elde ettiyseniz 9,525$ ile 38,700$ arasındaki gelirler için %12 gelir vergisi ödemeniz gerekli.

    Örnekler

    (1) Fred, yaz aylarında bir restoranda çalışmak için J-1 vizesiyle Boston’a gider. ABD’de bulunduğu süre boyunca 4.000 $ kazanır.

    Eğer Fred 2017’de Boston’da çalışsaydı, kazancı üzerinden vergi ödemek zorunda kalmayacaktı, çünkü geliri 4.050 dolarlık kişisel muafiyet tutarını geçmemiş olacaktı.

    Ancak eğer Fred 2018’de Boston’da çalışmışsa, kişisel muafiyetten faydalanamayacak ve gelir vergisi olarak 400$ (% 10) ödemek zorunda kalacak.

    (2) Fiona J-1 vizesiyle Miami’ye gider ve kendisine yazın çalışabileceği bir ofis işi bulur. ABD’de kaldığı süre içerisinde 9,000$ kazanır (tüm WaT katılımcılarının %50sinin ortalama kazancı).

    Fiona bu geliri 2017 yılında elde etseydi ödemesi gereken vergi $495 olacaktı. ($9,000 – $4,050 = $4,950. 10% of $4,950 = $495).

    Ancak, bu geliri 2018 yılında kazanırsa, toplam vergi tutarı 900$ olacaktır.

    tam vergi oranları listesi ve aralıkları aşağıdaki gibidir:

     

    Aralık                             Vergi oranı

    $0 – $9,525

    Vergiye tabi gelirin %10u

    $9,526 – $38,700            +   $9,526 nın üzerindeki kısmın %12si

     

    $38,701 – $82,501           +   $38,701 in üzerindeki kısmın % 22si

     

    $82,501 – $157,500         +  $82,501 in üzerindeki kısmın % 24ü

     

    $157,501 – $200,000       +  $157,501 in üzerindeki kısmın % 32si

     

    İadenizi Sprintax ile buradan talep edin!

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    (5) Sprintax vergi beyannamenizi hazırlamanın en kolay yoludur

    Sprintax, J-1 programında bulunan ve ABD’de ikamet etmeyenlerin beyannameleri için tek bireysel olarak çevrimiçi hazırlama yazılımıdır. ADB vergi beyannamenizi dakikalar içinde hazırlamanıza yardım edecek!

    Bir Sprintax hesabı oluşturduğunuzda, sistemimiz tam uyumlu Federal ve Eyalet vergi beyannamelerini hazırlamanıza yardımcı olacaktır.

    Yazılımımız ayrıca yasal olarak almaya hakkınız olan maksimum vergi iadenizi almanızı da sağlayacaktır.

    Sprintax aynı zamanda ABD’deki NYU, Columbia, Arizona Eyalet Üniversitesi, Illinois Teknoloji Enstitüsü ve Cornell gibi birçok büyük üniversiteye yönelik “vergi iadesi” yazılımıdır.

    Aynı zamanda Turbo Tax’in ikamet etmeyen kişiler için önerdiği iş ortağı konumundayız.

    “Kendin yap” ne anlama gelir?

    Sprintax J-1 vize sahiplerine kolayca ve tam uyumlu bir şekilde vergi beyannameleri hazırlama imkanı sunun bir “kendin-yap” yazılımdır.

    Hesabınızı oluşturduğunuzda, yazılıma bazı ilgili bilgileri girmeniz istenecektir. Ardından tamamlanmış ve tamamen uyumlu 1040NR (ikamet etmeyen kişiler için vergi beyannamesi) belgenizi indirebileceksiniz.

    Sprintax aracılığıyla başvurduğunuzda güvenle başvurusunuz!

    • Tamamen uyumlu ABD vergi iadesi
    • Zaman ve stresten tasarruf edin!
    • İkamet durumunuzu öğrenin
    • İlgili uluslarası vergi anlaşmaları hakkında faydalı.
    • Kişisel muafiyet, krediler ve vergi kesintileri konusunda faydalı
    • 24/7 Vita belgeli Canlı Yardım servisi
    • En yüksek  seviyede Eyaler vergi iadesi

    500 binden fazla kişi Sprintax’ı vergi beyannamelerini hazırlamak ve vergi iadelerini almak için kullandı.

    Maliyeti ne kadar olacak ?

    Sprintax vergi beyannamesi hazırlama ücretleri:

    $35,95 – Federal

    $25,95 – Eyalet

    Ancak unutmayın, çoğu J-1 vizesi sahibi Eyalet Vergi İadesi hakkına sahiptir!

    Nasıl başlayabilirim  ?

    Çok Kolay!

    Hemen bir Sprintax hesabı oluşturun!

    Özetle:

    • J-1 vize sahiplerinin çok büyük kısmı ABD devleti tarafından vergi işlemlerinde ikamet etmeyen statüsünde kabul edilir.
    • ABD’de ikamet etmeyen her bir birey, yasal olarak vergi beyannamesi yapmak zorundadır.
    • Bu işlemin yapılmaması cezalara, yaptırımlara ve gelecek yıllarda ABD’ye girişlerinize izin verilmemesine yol açabilir.
    • 1 Ocak 2018 itibariyle ikamet etmeyen kişilerin artık $4,050 Dolarlık kişisel muafiyete tabi tutulmayı talep etme hakları yoktur.
    • Sprintax ABD vergi iade başvurularınızı daha kolay hale getirmekte!
    • Vergi iade başvurunuzu Sprintax ile gerçekleştirmeniz durumunda yasal olarak almaya hakkınız olan en yüksek vergi iade miktarını elde edeceksiniz.

    ABD vergi beyannamenizi Sprintax ile hazırlamak inanılmaz ucuz ve kolaydır. Şimdi başlayın!

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    US tax can be confusing. Especially for nonresidents!

    That’s why, if you’re an International Student or J-1 participant in the US, or you work in a University International Student Office, you should subscribe to the Sprintax blog.

    You’ll find tons of useful content for nonresidents. We cover tax, student life, acclimatizing to the US and much more.

    So what are you waiting for? Sign up today and never miss a thing!





  • Using TurboTax to Claim Your J1 Tax Refund is Illegal

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    It’s hard to imagine anything worse than the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) sniffing around after your J1 experience of a lifetime.

    But this is exactly what can happen if you file an inaccurate US tax return.

    If you worked in the US on a J1 visa, then chances are you are legally obliged to file your US tax return by the Apr 15 deadline.

    So for example, if you’re on a J1 in 2018, then you should file your tax return by April 15 2019. If you file your US taxes correctly, you won’t run into any trouble later on. This is important if you ever wish to return to the US on another visa or for a holiday.

    If you go to US on a J1 visa, you’ll be considered a non-resident for tax purposes and must file as a non-resident.

    TurboTax logoResidents in the US can prepare and file their US taxes with the country’s biggest online tax preparation service, TurboTax . TurboTax guides US residents on their taxes and guarantees them maximum refunds. TurboTax offers an excellent online service that helps millions of US residents prepare their taxes and claim refunds. It’s super easy to use, however TurboTax is a service for US residents only, so it’s not suitable for you if you’ve been to the US on a J1 visa. Sprintax is TurboTax’s preferred partner for non-residents on a J1 visa.

    However, TurboTax is a service for US residents only.

    And as a J1 student you’ll typically be considered non-resident for tax purposes.

    If you do use TurboTax to file your US taxes, then you’ll end up filing as a resident. As a non-resident J1 visa-holder, this means your tax return will be inaccurate and you could get into trouble later on!

     

    As a J1 visa-holder, you should NOT file as a resident.

    TurboTax and any other resident tax preparation service for residents will assume you understand your residency status, so if you file with them, you may unwittingly file as a resident. And if you file inaccurately, the IRS could come knocking and you may be subject to fines and penalties.

    One such J1 participant, finance student Sofia García from Venezuela felt the strong-arm of the IRS when she filed as a resident through TurboTax:

     

    From May to September 2017, Sofia worked as a busser, clearing tables at The Surf Lodge in Montauk New York. A friend pointed her to TurboTax as the perfect solution for filing her taxes. Unfortunately, Sofia went ahead and filed using TurboTax despite being non-resident for tax purposes.

    A few months down the line and back in Venezuela, she got a letter from the IRS asking her to confirm her identity.

    Had Sofia prepared her tax return with non-resident tax partner of TurboTax, Sprintax, her US taxes would have been filed without incident. She also wouldn’t have to wait to claim her tax refund. For example the average state tax refund for New York State is currently 464.18.

    Sofia came to us for help so we proceeded with an amendment of her US tax return, which could now take the IRS 6 months or longer to process, meaning she’ll have to wait a lot longer for any long due refunds.

    She won’t be making that mistake again!

     

    So if I file an inaccurate tax return, will I get into trouble?

    Claiming a refund you are not entitled to is considered tax evasion, which is a crime.

    If you’re caught you may have to pay penalties and interest. You may also have trouble re-entering the US or applying for a green card.

    It doesn’t matter if you do it yourself or another company does it for you, if a fraudulent tax return is filed on your behalf, it is you that will be held responsible.

    And the worst part is you may not even be aware any laws were broken.

    ‘’Not knowing’’ isn’t considered a valid excuse by the IRS.

    So one of the most important things is to ensure you file using the correct tax status and if you’re using a tax preparer, use a reputable one like Sprintax.

     

    You could be claiming reliefs, exemptions, and credits you’re not entitled to!

    If you file as a resident, then you may end up claiming certain reliefs, exemptions or credits you’re not entitled to. This could result in a bigger refund. However, as a non-resident you won’t be entitled to many of these and must repay them to the IRS if they demand it.

    This could leave you with a hefty tax bill.

    The American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) is a good example of this. We’ve come across cases where some J1 students incorrectly claim this credit as a ‘’$1000 bonus’’.

    However, if someone says you can claim this as a non-resident J1 participant, this is false.

    The AOTC is only available under strict conditions.

    A J1 visa holder can’t avail of AOTC unless in their 6th year for students or 3rd year for all other categories in the US and considered a resident for tax purposes. You must also be studying the US.

    If you claim it incorrectly, you’ll end up owing money to the IRS and it could affect future visa applications.

     

    If I file an inaccurate tax return, what happens if there’s an audit?

    The IRS can audit your taxes any time within a 3 year time limit after you file your tax return. Most people find the prospect of an audit to be stressful.

    So the more help you get, the better.

    If you get selected for an audit and you run into issues. Sprintax.com can help you file an amendment of your US tax return.

     

    How do I avoid issues with the IRS?

    The easiest way to file your non-resident taxes and stay on the right side of the IRS is to file with Sprintax.

    As an authorised partner of TurboTax, Sprintax J1 tax preparation is specifically designed for non-residents filing US taxes. Sprintax is a self-prep service, meaning you can create an account here and prepare your federal and state tax return by answering a few simple questions online.

    Here is how it works:

    1. You create a Sprintax account here
    2. Answer some simple questions
    3. Upload any required docs, such as your W2 form
    4. We prepare your fully compliant federal/state tax return(s)
    5. You pay an online fee of $37.95 for Federal Return or $29.95 for a State Return
    6. We give you instructions on where to send your tax return
    7. You print and send (file it) with the IRS as per our instructions

    It’s also essential here that you answer each question honestly!

     

    What’s the benefit of filing my tax return?

    100% compliance is probably the most important benefit of filing an accurate tax return.

    And if you’re due a refund it’s a bonus!

    Due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, it’s now more important than ever to file your US tax return.

    As of 1 January 2018 (and up to 2025) the personal exemption was reduced from $4,050 to $0 which means that the overall taxable income has increased for all non-residents.

    So if you work in the US from 2018, you must file a tax return, no matter how much you earn. And if you worked there in previous years, you should file to find out how much you could claim!

    The removal of the personal exemption also means that for most non-residents, federal tax refunds will be reduced.

    It’s important to note that these amendments don’t affect 2017 (and previous years). So if you worked in the US before 2018, you could be due a federal tax refund.

    The average US refund is currently $800.

    The changes do not impact your state refund, no matter what year you’re filing for.

    To claim your state tax refund you must file your federal tax return first, before you file your state.

    Bottom line?

    You’re legally required to file a tax return and there’s a chance you’ll be due a tax refund.

     

    What now?

    Well if you worked in the US in 2017 or previous years, then you should file your tax return as soon as possible. You may have missed the deadline but if you’re due a refund, you can still claim this money.

    If you work in the US in 2018, then the deadline for filing is April 15 2019.

    The easiest way to file is by using Sprintax.

    Our tax preparation service for non-residents will help you prepare your federal and state tax returns in minutes and guide you through the filing process.

    With Sprintax you get:

    • A 100% compliant US tax return
    • Check for residency status
    • Any applicable tax treaties to lower any tax liability or increase your refund
    • Avail of personal allowances, credits & tax deductions
    • 24 hour live chat help
    • Claim any tax refunds due

    Over 500,000 non-residents who worked in the US have already used Sprintax.

    Get peace of mind and create your account here now to start preparing your US tax return.

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    US tax can be confusing. Especially for nonresidents!

    That’s why, if you’re an International Student or J-1 participant in the US, or you work in a University International Student Office, you should subscribe to the Sprintax blog.

    You’ll find tons of useful content for nonresidents. We cover tax, student life, acclimatizing to the US and much more.

    So what are you waiting for? Sign up today and never miss a thing!





  • 5 things every J-1 participant needs to know about US tax

    Tax for J-1 students
    • What President Trump’s ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ means for J-1 visa holders
    • Understanding J-1 tax obligations and entitlements
    • Sprintax – the easy way to prepare a J-1 tax return!

    When President Donald Trump introduced his ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ in November 2017, many J-1 visa holders and international students in the US were left feeling extremely confused.

    ‘How does this bill affect me?’ ‘Do I have to file a tax return?’ ‘Can I still get a tax refund?’

    A lot of questions were left unanswered.

    Today we are here to answer these questions! If you’re going on a J-1 trip to the US, simply follow this guide and you’ll be able to keep the IRS (the American tax authority) happy while receiving any US tax back you are due.

    So without further ado, here’s 5 things every J-1 participant needs to know about US tax:

    1. You have a tax filing obligation

    First things first. Every J-1 visa holder in the US must file tax documents at the end of the tax year. It’s the law!

    In short, if you worked while in the US on a J-1 programme you will be required to file a tax return. Meanwhile, if you did not earn an income while in the US on a J-1 programme, you should file a Form 8843.

    Filing your tax documents

    There are a number of ways to file tax documents. For starters, you could file your forms directly with the IRS. But, for many J-1 participants, filing tax forms is an extremely confusing, complicated and frankly boring task!

    The fastest, easiest and best way to prepare your US tax return or Form 8843 is to choose Sprintax. More on this below!

    Not filing a return

    If you don’t file your tax forms after your J-1 program, you may be subject to penalties and interest.

    The late filing penalty is 5% of the additional taxes owed amount for every month your return is late, (up to a maximum of 25%). If you file more than 60 days after the due date, the minimum penalty is $205 or 100% of your unpaid tax, whichever is less.

    Failure to comply with your tax obligations may also result in you being denied a US visa in the future.

    What is a tax residency status?

    It’s vital to determine your residency status in order to file a compliant tax return. The majority of J-1 visa holders are considered non-resident aliens for tax purposes by the IRS.

    When you prepare your tax return with Sprintax, our software will determine your residency status based on the information that you provide.

    2. What does the ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ mean for J-1 students?

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    The ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ has wide ranging effects for all US taxpayers – but particularly for those venturing to the States to study, for an internship or to work and travel.

    As most of these changes were activated in January 2018, it’s vital that all non-residents understand their US tax obligations and entitlements.

    The primary change for non-residents relates to what’s known as the ‘personal exemption‘.

    Prior to the bill’s introduction, every non-resident who was working in the US was entitled to a personal exemption of $4,050. In other words, if you were working in the US on a J-1 visa in 2017 you could earn up to $4,050 without paying tax. The personal exemption was also the main means that non-residents could use to get their Federal tax refund.

    However, as of 1 January 2018 (and up to 2025) the personal exemption was reduced from $4,050 to $0. The removal of the personal exemption means that overall taxable income has increased for all non-residents.

    It’s important to note that these amendments do not affect the 2017 (and previous) tax return filing season. So, if you were working in the US on a J-1 visa in 2017, you can still avail of the personal exemption.

    3. You could still be entitled to a tax refund

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    The removal of the personal exemption means that, for most non-residents, Federal tax refunds will be reduced. From the 2018 tax year onwards, the only reason a non-resident will be entitled to a Federal tax refund is if too much tax is deducted from their income.

    However, even if you’re not entitled to a Federal tax refund, it’s pretty likely you’ll be entitled to a State tax refund.

    Our average State tax refund is $175.

    But remember; to receive your State tax refund you’ll have to file your tax return!

    Bottom line? You’re legally required to file tax documents. There’s a great chance you’ll be due a State tax refund. So file your return and claim your cash!

    Claim your refund with Sprintax here!

    4. How much tax will you pay?

    From the 2018 tax year onwards, all non-residents must pay 10% in income tax up to $9,525. And if you earn more than this amount on your J-1 program, you must pay 12% in income tax on the amount between $9,525 and $38,700.

    Here are 2 case studies for further clarification:

    Case study 1:

    Fred travels to Boston on a J-1 visa to work in a restaurant for the summer. During his time in the US he earns $4,000.

    If Fred was working in Boston in 2017 he would not have to pay tax on his earnings as his income does not exceed the personal exception amount of $4,050.

    However, if Fred works in Boston in 2018, he will not be able to avail of the personal exception and must pay $400 (10%) in income tax.

    Case study 2:

    Fiona moves to Miami on a J-1 visa and secures work in an office for the summer. During her time in the US she earns $9,000 (the average income for around 50% of all summer work and travel participants).

    Had Fiona earned this income in 2017, her tax bill would have been $495 ($9,000 – $4,050 = $4,950. 10% of $4,950 = $495).

    However, if she earns this income in 2018 her total tax bill will be $900.

    5. Sprintax is the easiest way to prepare your tax return

    Sprintax is the only online Federal and State self-prep tax software for non-residents in the US.

    When you create a Sprintax account, our system will assist you in preparing fully compliant Federal and State tax returns.

    Our software will also enable you to receive your maximum legal tax refund.

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    Sprintax is also the ‘go-to’ tax filing software for numerous major universities in the US including NYU, Columbia, Arizona State University, Illinois Institute of Technology and Cornell. We’re also the non-resident partner of choice for Turbo Tax.

    What does self-prep mean?

    Sprintax is a self-preparation tax software that allows J-1 holidaymakers 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).

    Benefits of Sprintax:

    • Compliant US tax return
    • Save time and stress!
    • Determine your residency status
    • Avail of relevant international tax treaties
    • Avail of personal allowances, credits & tax deductions
    • 24/7 Vita Qualified Live Chat facility
    • Maximize your State tax refund

    Over 500k people have used Sprintax to prepare their tax return and get their tax refund.

    How much will it cost?

    The Sprintax tax prep fees are:

    $37.95 – Federal

    $29.95 – State

    But don’t forget, most J-1 visa holders are entitled to a State tax refund!

    In summary:

    • The majority of all J-1 visa holders are considered non-residents for tax purposes in the US
    • Every non-resident in the US is legally obliged to file tax documents
    • Failure to do so may result in fines, penalties and future refusal of entry to the US
    • As of 1 January 2018, non-residents are no longer entitled to claim the personal exemption of $4,050
    • However, J-1 visa holders can still apply for their State tax refund by filing a tax return
    • Sprintax makes preparing your US tax return easy!
    • When you prepare your tax return with Sprintax you’ll receive your maximum legal refund

    Preparing your US tax return with Sprintax is super cheap and easy. Get started now!

     

     

     

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