USA Tax refund
While working in the USA you probably have noticed that part of your earnings was deducted as income tax. The good news is that some or all of this money can be refunded to you.
A tax refund amount depends on many factors such as gross income, withheld tax amount, period spent in a foreign country and others. Please complete tax refund calculator form to find out your estimated refundable amount.
If you worked in the USA during the past 3 years and paid income tax there, you can apply for tax refund. RT Tax has created Internet based software, which allows clients to apply and track the refund procedure and communicate with tax specialists online!
- It does not cost to apply for tax refund and the service fee is charged only when the refund is received.
We are licensed tax agent, who is authorized to prepare income tax refunds according to the rules and regulations of Tax Authorities.
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RT Tax fills and mails the tax refund documents to USA Tax Authorities in the shortest time possible. After that the refund period will depend on the U.S. Tax Authorities.
In what cases tax Authorities will delay the refund of your taxes?
- you did not provide the information about ALL of the employers;
- you did not provide the LAST pay check or FORM W-2 from all of your employments;
- The U.S. Tax Authorities chooses your file for a review and puts it "on hold status”.
Federal Income Tax: 10%-12% of the weekly wages is deducted as this type of tax.
State Income Tax: 3%-6% of the weekly wages is deducted as this type of tax. Only nine states do not have this type of tax: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wyoming.
Local Tax: most of the states do not apply any local taxes. Some of the states apply local tax. Local tax rates differ, but they are not high.
Social Security & Medicare Tax: (Also known as FICA or OASDI) – 7.65% of the weekly wages is deducted as this type of tax.
If you work under F-1, J-1, M-1 or Q-1 visa, you do not have to pay Social Security & Medicare Tax. Your visa type is written on the right side of your visa stamp.
If your employer deducts Social Security & Medicare Tax, inform him/her that you are exempt from Social Security & Medicare Tax according to the Article 8 of IRS publication 519.
RT Tax can help you refund Federal Tax and State Tax. We also help refund Social Security & Medicare Tax (FICA) for Work & Travel program participants.
During the first week of your work in the USA you will fill in a form W-4 (Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate). Make sure to write your home address of your country in this form. You should give the address where you will be able to receive letters after New Year. W-2 form will be mailed to this address.
After termination of your employment, please double check that your employer has your permanent residence address of your country.
You will need W-2 form for refunding your taxes. According to the laws of the USA all employers must send W-2 forms to their employees till the 15th of February. One copy of W-2 form is sent to the US Tax Authorities. To make sure your W-2 form does not get lost in the post, you can ask for a copy of it to be sent to your e-mail.