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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.

If you are planning to go to work to the USA, click here for Pre-travel information.

F.A.Q.
 

How to refund my taxes?
RT Tax has created Internet based software, which allows clients to apply and track the refund procedure and communicate with tax specialists online! Register and start Tax Refund ONLINE!
How is the refund amount calculated?
The tax refund amount depends on many factors such as gross income, withheld tax amount, period spent in a country, personal allowance, income from other countries and others. Please complete tax refund calculator form to find out your estimated refundable amount. This service is free of charge.
How long will it take to get the refund?
Tax refund procedure in the USA starts after the end of financial year, January 1st. The refund procedure o­n average takes 90-120 days after we receive all the information and documents from you. However, in some cases it may take longer. RT Tax offers FAST and EXPRESS REFUND services.

FAST REFUND takes 35-45 days.
EXPRESS SERVICE takes only 5-7 days.
 
What types of taxes does a person working in the USA pay?
There are several types of taxes:

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.
What taxes are refunded?
Usually employers deduct Federal Tax, State Tax and Social Security & Medicare Tax (FICA) from your wages. In most cases Work & Travel program participants do not have to pay Social Security & Medicare tax (FICA), but sometimes employers deduct them as well.

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.
Who can apply for Federal and State tax refund?
Everyone who legally worked in the USA can get Federal and State tax overpayment back. You can start your tax refund procedure by applying and submitting the documents (W-2 forms or last pay slips, copies of Social Security Card and Visa) online.
Who can apply for Social Security and Medicare tax refund?
If you were involved in the Work & Travel program or other programs under F1, J1, M1 or Q1 Visa and your employer deducted Social Security & Medicare taxes from your earnings, you can get these amounts back. The refund of these taxes is a complicated process and is carried out in several stages. Therefore, the tax refund period may take up to one year. You can start your tax refund procedure by applying and submitting the documents (W-2 forms or last pay slips, copies of the Social Security Card, Visa and DS-2019 form) online.
What is Pay slip?
Employees receive their wage by a check every week. The check is accompanied by pay slip. The pay slip contains information on your income and tax deductions for the last week (“CURRENT”) and the entire period of employment in the company ("YEAR TO DATE" or "YTD"). For tax refund purposes, information in the field “Year to date” from your last pay slip is needed. You should keep the pay slips from all your jobs even if you did not pay taxes there because ALL your income must be shown when refunding taxes.
What is W-2 Form?
W-2 form is issued by your employer at the end of the financial year (after December 31st). Information about your earnings and tax deductions for the entire period of employment in the company is written in this form.

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.
What is Form DS-2019?
This is a document, which was given to you by your sponsor organization after you applied to participate in the program. This color document is required when you apply for the visa and at the US passport control when you enter the U.S. For tax refund purposes we need a copy of DS-2019 form.
What if you do not have all the required documents?
If you are missing any of the documents you can still apply for income tax refund. Our experienced tax refund specialists will get the missing documents for you. For a consultation please contact our tax specialist.
What do you do if you lost DS-2019 form?
DS-2019 form is required for J-1 Visa holders wanting to get back Social Security and Medicare tax withheld. If you do not have DS-2019 form, contact RT Tax and our tax experts will advise on how to get your tax overpayment back.
What do you do if you lost/never got a Social Security Card?
If you do not have the Social Security Card, it does not mean that there was no Social Security Number issued for you. The Social Security Number can be written down on the letter from Social Security Administration, on W-2 form or last pay check. Contact RT Tax and our tax experts will advise on how to get your overpaid taxes back.

 

 

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